Teeth Grinding An Overview
If you are always clenching and/or grinding your teeth (especially while you sleep at night) and you have joint pain, you should talk to Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell about wearing teeth guards for grinding teeth. Also known as a dental splint, a teeth grinding mouthguard protects your teeth while you are sleeping and unaware of jaw movements.
Clenching and grinding (also known as bruxism) along with gum disease are the most serious threats to people keeping their teeth a long time. Over time, our teeth can wear down and break depending on the intensity and duration of our grinding habit. It is a neurologic condition, so we have no conscious control over it. Some people have lost 50% of their teeth volume by age 30 and some not until age 60, but the problem affects us all. The best solution is prevention with a custom-designed thermoplastic dental guard. These are small, comfortable and worn at night.
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Teeth Grinding What to Expect
If you do not take steps to stop grinding your teeth, you may cause damage to the structure of your teeth and jaw. This includes chipping your front teeth, cracking your back teeth, wearing away the enamel on biting surfaces and more. That’s where teeth guards for grinding teeth come in. Teeth guards for grinding can protect your teeth from further damage.
Some patients must also wear their custom-made splints when they are concentrating on work or under stress during the daytime. Patients may be advised to become conscious and more aware of their teeth during the day through biofeedback. Our goal is to help you stop the daytime habits that can lead to serious damage to your teeth and gums. Sleep disorders like snoring and sleep apnea can cause destructive grinding as well as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Some anti-depressant drugs additionally can cause clenching and grinding. Also the pH of the mouth caused by diet can affect the rate of wear on teeth. All these conditions are evaluated by dentist Dr. Sowell to get to the cause of the grinding.
Repair Teeth Damaged By Clenching & Grinding
The damage to teeth from grinding can be restored with a porcelain veneers makeover and/or reconstruction, but the appliance still needs to be worn to protect the new beautiful teeth and prolong their life expectancy. Our appliances are custom-designed to match the movement of your lower jaw to reduce the wear and tear on your muscles and jaw joints from clenching and grinding.