You may not realize it but teeth grinding, also referred to as bruxism, can pose a serious threat to the health of your smile. The pressure and friction exerted on your teeth can lead to pain, TMJ dysfunction, and a reduction in tooth structure. The hardest part of treating bruxism is that oftentimes patients don’t even realize what they’re doing. Luckily, your dentist can help protect your teeth with a custom nightguard.
A nightguard is an orthotic appliance that helps to prevent grinding and clenching of your teeth. There are many different types available, so your dentist can choose the one best suited for you. It is important to take steps to address bruxism now before it has a chance to negatively impact your smile.
While stress is a typical cause of bruxism, it’s not the only one. Others include tension, misaligned teeth, your posture, sleeping habits, and your diet. It is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine the specific cause or causes of your bruxism in order to treat it effectively.
If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth, it’s important to call your dentist today to take steps towards improving or restoring the health of your teeth. If grinding continues for too long, it can wear down your teeth, causing even more problems. Your dentist is here to help treat your bruxism with nightguards.
Newton Dental Group provides quality dental care to help families achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Our Newton dental office also serves patients from Watertown, Waltham, Cambridge, Needham, Brookline, Brighton, Boston, and surrounding areas. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.