Bruxism is a term used to describe chronic night grinding. It is most often associated with unresolved chronic stress. If it is not addressed in some way the excessive force of clenching and the grinding action of the teeth can lead to a variety of oral health problems.
At first these issues could manifest as chipped tooth enamel and dental fractures. Some people struggling with bruxism might also notice damage to their dental work. As time goes on the chronic tension in your jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints can also lead to the discomfort of TMJ disorder.
Wearing a quality dental guard in your mouth when you sleep can help reduce the forces associated with bruxism. It is a special mouthpiece made from a durable yet comfortable dental grade plastic.
With consistent use a dental guard can help to cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth. It also allows for a modest amount of slip between both sets of teeth to help reduce the tension that could lead to TMJ disorder.
Any chipped or fractured teeth will need to be repaired by a dentist to prevent further complications.
If you live in the Syracuse, Utah, region and you have fractured teeth or damaged dental work caused by chronic bruxism, you should call (801) 960-7009 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Drs. Clive, Richard, and Shad Ingram, at VIP Smiles.