Bruxism is a condition that consists of chronic clenching and grinding of the teeth. Our stressful lifestyles often contribute to the condition and it typically occurs when we aren’t even paying attention. In fact, most people clench and grind their teeth at night while they are sleeping.
Side effects of bruxism shouldn’t be overlooked. The condition often causes side effects like:
- TMJ disorders and pain
- Worn, flat teeth
- Broken restorations
- Headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder pain
Thankfully, Dream Dentist can help with exceptional family dental care! Our custom night guards prevent your teeth from grinding against one another and wearing each other away. As a result, your teeth and existing restorations (such as fillings and crowns) will last much longer.
Custom Mouth Guards to Prevent Teeth Grinding
Having a custom night guard made at Dream Dentist is easy and gives you fast results. All we need is a quick impression of your teeth, which we use to hand make your night guard right here in our office. The guard keeps a small amount of space between your upper and lower teeth, so that they cannot wear against one another. It’s comfortable and will stay in place all night long. Simply put it on over your teeth before you go to bed, and take it out the next morning. By disengaging complete contraction of your TMJ, the night guard prevents muscle tension and tooth wear.
Are you clenching and grinding. Dr. Sarah Thompson will evaluate your jaw, facial muscles and tooth wear patterns to determine whether or not bruxism is a concern. Your TMJ exam and grinding evaluation is just another part of your comprehensive exam. Contact Dream Dentist today to schedule your visit with us and find out more about our non-invasive therapies like night guards and what they can do for you.