Nightguards (Bruxism/Teeth Grinding/Clenching)
Nightguards for Bruxism - Teeth Grinding
Some of the worst damage to teeth can be caused from within. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause extensive damage to the enamel and structure of the teeth and also impact your jaw. To protect your oral health and prevent tooth damage, there are treatments for bruxism. At The Smile Lounge, we offer customized nightguards for bruxism/teeth grinding at our dental center in Grand Prairie.
The cause of bruxism is not known, but it can be linked to stress and other disorders. If you notice yourself clenching your jaw when you are stressed, you may also do it in your sleep. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can put enormous stress on your teeth and jaws. Your jaw muscles are very strong and have the ability to exert hundreds of pounds of pressure on your teeth. The grinding motion can wear through enamel and the clenching can crack or break teeth over time. The results can cause:
- TMJ or jaw pain
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Worn enamel – higher risk of tooth decay
- Loose fillings or dental restorations
Treatment for Nocturnal Jaw Clenching/Teeth Grinding
While it can be difficult to stop teeth grinding or jaw clenching in your sleep, you can prevent the damage caused by bruxism. A dental mouthguard or nightguard can protect your teeth while you sleep. We create a customized dental nightguard that perfectly fits your teeth. It is comfortable to use and keeps your teeth from grinding against each other while you sleep. Not only can it prevent jaw and tooth problems, but many people notice they also snore less when wearing a nightguard. If you suffer from bruxism, treatment is available to protect your teeth and oral health. Contact us at The Smile Lounge to schedule an appointment to discuss how a customized nightguard can help with teeth grinding.