People who grind their teeth at night often do it as a result of stress. Unfortunately, the stress and strain of teeth grinding can pose several serious threats to your oral health. Teeth grinding can lead to chips and fractures on the biting surfaces of multiple teeth. The muscle tension and joint inflammation that can also result from teeth grinding is one of the primary causes of the TMJ disorder.
Using a night guard while you sleep will help mitigate the damage that is caused by tension. It also offers a mild amount of padding to prevent chips and fractures.
Many people complain that the night guards sold in stores can be uncomfortable and they can increase saliva production. This can actually cause new issues with sleep quality and it sometimes drives people to stop wearing the night guard.
Your dentist, Dr. , can actually fit you for a custom night guard that conforms to the natural shape of your mouth, which will provide maximum comfort and a secure fit. The soft, plastic material shields and protects your teeth while reducing the friction and relaxing muscle tension in the jaw.
If you would like to know more about how to protect your teeth from the damage of teeth grinding, you should call Ortho*Dental, Inc. at (505) 863-8100 to explore your treatment options. We are happy to tell you all about snore guards in Gallup, New Mexico!