Do you find yourself clenching your jaw in stressful situations, or has your sleep partner told you that you grind your teeth while sleeping? You may have bruxism, a disorder where you habitually exert pressure on your teeth through clenching or grinding. You can learn to curb this habit when you are awake, but it is hard to control when you are sleeping.
With general dental care, our team at Monaco Dentistry can create a customized nightguard that stops night teeth grinding and clenching to protect your smile.
Bruxism is detrimental to your teeth and the jaw joint. The constant, forced pressure on the teeth from clenching can crack teeth and lead to jaw issues like TMJ. Nocturnal teeth grinding can wear down the enamel on your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to decay and other dental issues. If left untreated, bruxism can cause painful jaw problems and expensive dental treatments to repair damaged teeth.
While there is not a cure for bruxism, you can limit the damage to your oral health. Learning to control clenching while you are awake is important to reduce damage, while a dental nightguard is a solution for when you are sleeping. Our dental team creates a customized covering that fits over your teeth, similar in function to an athletic mouth guard. We design it to fit your mouth and teeth, so it is comfortable to wear. This appliance helps prevent the grinding and clenching in your sleep. You will wake without a sore jaw or tooth damage, and your sleep partner also gets a good night’s sleep.
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism or have been told you grind your teeth in your sleep, contact us set up an appointment for a consultation and exam at our office in Apollo Beach. Dr. Amrooei will check for signs of tooth or jaw joint damage from bruxism. You will then discuss options for preventing oral problems, including the use of a dental night guard.