Night Guards may be a solution for many patients who grind or clench their teeth while they sleep. Bruxism or teeth grinding affect about 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to American Dental Association (ADA). This can result in worn or cracked teeth which usually with the period of time can lead to following:
- Signs of wear on your front or back teeth
- Sore Jaw pain
- Receding Gums
- TMJ Issues
- Dull Headaches
- Worn teeth can lead to additional dental procedures like crowns, bridges, veneers, root canals, tooth extractions and dental implants
At Riverwalk Smile Dentistry, Dr. Seth and Dr. Sheftall diagnose Bruxism by looking at the flat teeth as surfaces are worn down or wear faces (just like potholes in a road). This can completely worn off through enamel and exposing dentin (secondary layer) which can lead to cavities, toothaches resulting in more complex and costly dental problems the longer it goes untreated.
For many patients with bruxism, Dr. Seth and Dr. Sheftall may recommend the use of a custom fit mouth guard which will prevent teeth grinding and relax the jaw muscles. To address an imbalance and repair possible damage, Dr. Seth and Dr. Sheftall may recommend a restorative dental procedure or orthodontic treatment to repair and/or realign the teeth.
A Night Guard can provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to help protect them from wear. It is very important to understand that a higher quality and superior custom fit Night Guard based on your bite profile can help your jaws align in proper position, so that muscles can relax and gives your relief from pain. Night Guards of this type tend to be of superior fit, as they are made in a special laboratory from an impression of your mouth carefully taken.
During your preventative care visits at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Riverwalk Carolinas, we get an opportunity to spot problems mentioned above at early stages which can save you from pain. If you haven’t been to a Dentist office in a while, we do offer a FREE consult appointment with Dr. Seth and Dr. Sheftall. Contact us at (803) 639-7676 or visit us at http://www.riverwalksmiledentistry.com/ to schedule your appointment now.