Untreated or unresolved stress can have a significant impact on your overall quality of life. One potential yet serious problem can arise when stress causes you to grind your teeth at night on a regular basis. At first glance, it might seem mundane, but the reality is that it can lead to very serious complications to your oral health.
The act of grinding can cause chips and fractures in your tooth enamel. The chips might not initially give you pain. However, these damaged areas can trap residual food particles and plaque, promoting the formation of tooth decay.
Long-term chronic night grinding can also affect the muscles and temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. This can lead to soreness, inflammation and other complications associated with TMJ disorder.
To help prevent the complications caused by chronic night grinding, your dentist, Dr. Joseph Younger, can fit you for a custom sleep guard. This soft, plastic mouthpiece allows some slip between your teeth. This helps mitigate inflammation and soreness caused by the tension of grinding and clenching the jaw. It also offers modest padding to prevent chips and fractures in the tooth enamel.
The soft, plastic material shields and protects your teeth and reduces the friction between biting surfaces to help relax muscle tension in the jaw. Even if you’ve recently developed the TMJ disorder, the use of a custom sleep guard can help mitigate existing issues.
If you grind your teeth at night and you’re interested in a custom night guard in Arden, North Carolina, you should call 828-684-9260 to schedule an appointment at Arden Dental Group.