Your teeth are more delicate than you think. Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, teeth can turn on themselves. Countless patients fall prey to nighttime grinding. Chronic teeth grinding, known as bruxism, can be tricky because it is tough to recognize. Because most grinding occurs subconsciously (while you're sleeping or concentrating), you may not be aware that you're doing it. Occlusal guards will protect your teeth from damage, and help keep your jaw functioning properly.
Effects of Teeth Grinding
Your jaw is incredibly powerful - so strong that it can be the cause of your own tooth damage. When you're feeling stressed, or concentrating deeply, your facial and jaw muscles tend to contract. This leads to grinding and jaw clenching. Should the grinding be allowed to persist, more serious problems may arise, including:
- Worn enamel
- Broken teeth
- Receding gums
- Poor quality of sleep
- Jaw, head, and tooth pain
- Jaw disorders
- Tooth loss
Fortunately, controlling your grinding is possible with a simple occlusal guard.
Occlusal guards are useful whenever your teeth may be exposed to any kind of trauma. This extends from the nighttime to athletic activities. We make mouth guards in both hard and soft materials, to meet your specific needs. Depending on your mouth, Dr. Lee will recommend a certain type of guard. We will take impressions of your teeth to create guards that are a perfect fit.
Protect your teeth today to avoid hours in the dental chair, save money on restorative treatment, and preserve the beauty of your smile. Get in touch with our office to learn more about how occlusal guards could aid you and your teeth.