Bruxism, which is more commonly known as teeth grinding, in adults is commonly caused by chronic stress. At the same time, teeth grinding also poses a significant threat to your oral health. The pressure exerted by the grinding can chip, fracture or even crack the tooth enamel. Prolonged bruxism can also cause inflammation and other issues in the temporomandibular joints, leading to the TMJ disorder.
Wearing a night guard when you sleep at night will help prevent these damages and complications. Many people complain that retail night guards sold in stores are often uncomfortable and they lead to excess saliva production. This can actually cause new sleeping issues and it can sometimes drive people to stop wearing the night guard.
At Arden Dental Group, we can fit you for a custom night guard that conforms to the natural shape of your teeth and mouth, which will provide maximum comfort and protection. The soft, plastic material shields and protects your teeth and reduces the friction between biting surfaces to help relax muscle tension in the jaw.
If you grind your teeth on a regular basis, you should call Arden Dental Group at 828-684-9260 to discuss your prevention and treatment options. Your dentist, Dr. Joseph Younger, will also be happy to prescribe you with a night guard in Arden, North Carolina, if you’re interested!