night guardBruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a serious condition that often causes serious damage to your teeth. It is especially concerning when you are not aware that it is even occurring. Moreover, it can be caused by a variety of issues — ranging from emotional distress to jaw misalignment to environmental factors. If it is not addressed soon enough, the damage it incurs on your teeth can become severe enough to warrant more serious, restorative procedures. Luckily, we make custom night guards that can help protect your teeth from grinding. In today’s blog, your Silver City, NM dentist discusses bruxism and the benefit night guards can provide. 

Let’s Talk About Bruxism

This disorder typically occurs while you are asleep. If you suffer from it, there is a good chance that you are unaware that you are grinding their teeth as you do it. This makes it harder to identify before substantial damage is already done. In some milder cases, teeth grinding is linked to environmental factors like anxiety, stress, or tension. When this is the case, dealing with negative emotions can alleviate the condition before enough damage occurs to warrant cosmetic solutions. As noted above, it can have numerous causes, which makes identifying the specific root difficult. If your grinding occurs at night, it can be related to other sleep issues such as sleep apnea. It can also be tied to jaw alignment issues like TMJ Disorder.

In more severe cases, you might need professional dental treatment. The signs that you might suffer from this disorder include having diminished enamel, noticing your teeth are extra sensitive, feeling soreness in your jaw, and the presence of chipped teeth. In the worst of cases, the sound of grinding can be loud enough to wake up others in the room with you. 

What Are The Solutions?

If alleviating emotional and environmental triggers doesn’t help stop your grinding, your dentist can create a custom-made appliance that you wear at night in bed. It is a night guard that is designed for your specific smile, and it prevents your teeth from rubbing together. If damage has been done already, there are a variety of cosmetic and restorative procedures your dentist or oral surgeon can provide that will help you improve your damaged teeth. Ultimately, you do not want to wait until the last minute, so if you do suffer from bruxism, please strongly consider treating it as soon as possible.

Contact Us To Learn About Our Night Guards

If you suffer from bruxism, Contact us to learn more about our helpful, smile-saving night guards. Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment today by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM at 575-534-3699. We look forward to hearing from you soon.