A custom-made mouthguard from Dr. Bronitsky can help to prevent the strain placed on your teeth due to nightly grinding. Known as bruxism, the condition causes you to place additional pressure and strain on your teeth through the act of clenching and grinding. If you deal with bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when awake or grind and clench while asleep.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
A number of different factors can cause you to grind your teeth at night. Stress, age, prescription medication, lifestyle habits and other sleep disorders can all cause an individual to develop bruxism. When left untreated, the additional strain placed on your teeth by this condition can cause you to wear down the enamel that surrounds the delicate interior of your teeth.
Even though stress is often the underlying problem most commonly associated with bruxism, a study conducted by the American Dental Association found that tobacco and alcohol use also play an important role in determining your risk for developing this condition. Individuals who smoke and drink have twice the risk of developing the condition when compared to those who don’t engage in both of these habits.
While bruxism most commonly effects adults, children can also develop the condition. Studies have shown that anywhere from between 15 to 33 percent of kids grind their teeth. This occurs most frequently at two ages – when their baby teeth first emerge and when their permanent teeth start to form. Fortunately, most kids will stop grinding once their teeth have fully developed.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
As teeth grinding most commonly occurs at night, many patients may be unaware they even have a problem with bruxism. While you may not notice grinding or clenching when asleep, bruxism does have a number of symptoms that manifest the next day that include:
- Sore jaw
- Frequent morning headaches
- Teeth that are sensitive or feel loose
- Fractured or cracked teeth
Patients who grind their teeth have a higher risk for developing cracks, chips and even losing permanent teeth. The chronic grinding this condition causes may wear teeth down to where only stumps remain. If this occurs, patients may need to receive costly treatments such as crowns, bridges, implants and partials or full dentures.
Fortunately, you can prevent the damage done by nightly teeth grinding by wearing a custom-made mouthguard from Dr. Bronitsky.
Your Custom Mouthguard
With a custom-made mouthguard – or night guard – from Dr. Bronitsky, you can successfully protect your oral health from bruxism. Made from a highly durable plastic, your night guard will fit comfortably over the surface of your teeth, preventing the damage done from grinding and clenching. Unlike over-the-counter mouthguards, Dr. Bronitsky will create a custom guard designed to fit perfectly over YOUR teeth. This improved fit offers greater comfort and better overall performance when compared to less durable store-bought options.
Don’t let nightly teeth grinding impact the health of your smile. Contact our office today to schedule your next exam and to talk with Dr. Bronitsky to see if a custom-made mouthguard is right for you.