Nightguard for Bruxism – Teeth Grinding
Do you clench your jaw when you are stressed? Have you been told you grind your teeth while you sleep? You may have bruxism, a disorder that can cause extensive damage to your teeth and jaw. Grinding your teeth can wear down the teeth and enamel and may even result in cracks or tooth fractures. Our dental team at Haven Dentistry offers treatment for bruxism, including creating a customized nightguard for bruxism, or teeth grinding, at our clinic in Richmond, TX.
Your jaw muscles are extremely powerful, exerting enough pressure to grind or tear tough foods between your teeth. While this is a valuable ability, when you apply that pressure directly to the teeth when clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, it can inflict damage. Without something between the teeth, the teeth are rubbing against one another, and the pressure is only on the tooth structure. Enamel can wear thin or stress fractures in the teeth can occur. This can result in tooth decay, infections and cracked teeth that require expensive dental treatments.
You can control jaw clenching when you are awake, but stopping nocturnal teeth grinding is difficult. The best bruxism treatment is protection for your teeth and jaw with a nightguard. Our dental team can design a customized mouthguard that is formed especially for your mouth and teeth. By wearing a nightguard for bruxism, or teeth grinding, there is a layer of flexible plastic covering your teeth to prevent rubbing and pressure. A customized nightguard is comfortable to wear and can help with other oral health issues. Nightguards are also recommended for those with sleep apnea, chronic snoring, TMJ and other disorders.
A customized nightguard can be the best way to combat teeth grinding and jaw clenching that can harm your teeth and jaw joint. Most people quickly adjust to wearing a nightguard for bruxism and sleep great with this device in place.
If you want to learn more about bruxism treatment or customized mouthguard for teeth grinding, contact us at Haven Dentistry in Richmond, TX, to book your appointment. We can schedule a teeth grinding or nightguard consultation with one of our dentists.