It’s not uncommon for adults to occasionally grind their teeth when sleeping. In most cases, this is a result of temporary stress. Grinding your teeth on a regular basis, which is known as bruxism, can lead to other oral complications. The pressure of grinding can cause chips and fractures on the tooth enamel, which can potentially harbor a new area of tooth decay. The chronic tension can also lead to inflammation and problems with jaw muscles, which is known as TMJ disorder.
If you’re struggling with bruxism in Owasso, Oklahoma, your dentist, Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS, can help prevent these complications by fitting 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 on the tooth enamel.
The soft, plastic material shields and protects your teeth and reduces the friction between the biting surfaces to help relax muscle tension in the jaw. Even if you’ve recently developed TMJ disorder issues, the use of a custom sleep guard can help mitigate existing issues.
If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should call 918-272-0707 to explore your night guard options at Renaissance Dental.