It’s easy to assume that tooth damage, such as chips and cracks, occurs due to trauma or perhaps inadequate dental care. The truth is, tooth damage can also when you’re asleep.
Bruxism – grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep – occurs mainly in children, adolescents, and young adults.
Did you know that a person grinding or clenching their teeth while they sleep can apply as much as 250 lbs of force?
How Bad Is Bruxism?
At its worst, bruxism can cause permanent damage to teeth.
The nightly grinding and clenching can wear away the top of teeth and the enamel layer, eventually leading to bits of your teeth disappearing forever.
If some of your teeth have fillings or you’ve got some dental crowns or implants, they can also become damaged.
Bruxism can also cause other symptoms, such as headaches and lower jaw pain, resulting in further issues like difficulty eating or chewing.
How A Dental Nightguard Can Help
If you find that your bruxism is making your life difficult, one way to overcome that problem is by getting a custom-made nightguard for your teeth.
A nightguard will protect your teeth from any damage caused by grinding and clenching, and because it’s tailor-made for your teeth, wearing it won’t cause any discomfort.
What’s more, a nightguard will alleviate the other symptoms of bruxism like headaches and jaw pain.
If you’ve searched for “nightguard near me,” contact Mountain View Dentistry to schedule a consultation and learn how a custom nightguard could help you.