Have you been told you grind your teeth while you sleep? This is a disorder called bruxism, and it can lead to serious tooth damage. Bruxism involves clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth. You may be able to control this behavior when you are awake, but you do it unconsciously while you sleep. At the Center for Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry, we want to help you protect your smile with general dentistry. We offer treatment for bruxism using customized nightguards to minimize damage to your teeth and jaw.
Teeth grinding can be caused by stress or anxiety. Regardless of the cause, if it is not controlled, you can have serious damage occur to your teeth. Your jaw muscles can put hundreds of pounds of pressure on your teeth when you clench your jaw or grind your teeth. This can fracture teeth or wear down the enamel, leaving your teeth in need of repair. In addition, this puts stress on your jaw joint and can cause damage, leading to TMD or jaw joint disorders. You can have jaw pain, headaches, ear aches and problems moving your jaw from these disorders.
Protect Your Teeth and Jaw
To protect your teeth and jaw from bruxism, our dental team offers dental nightguard treatments. A customized nightguard is created specifically for your teeth and bite, so it fits comfortably. Wearing this while you sleep protects your teeth and jaw by repositioning the jaw and putting a cushion between the lower and upper sets of teeth. This is a simple, yet effective, solution to prevent thousands of dollars to your smile. It can also offer your sleep partner fewer interruptions of their sleep if your teeth grinding keeps them awake.
Protect your teeth and jaw from bruxism damage. The Center for Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry offers dental nightguards for teeth grinding at our Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Great Bridge office locations. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.