Custom Appliances to Address Teeth-Grinding
While the most common concerns for your smile involve the formation of plaque and tartar (precursors to gum disease and tooth decay), there are some threats that don’t involve oral bacteria buildup. For example, if you have bruxism, then the biggest concern for your oral health may be the pressure and friction that result from your constant teeth-grinding. This can quickly wear your teeth down, making them weaker and throwing your bite off-balance. The consequences can get worse the longer it’s left untreated. Cleaning away plaque and tartar may not help you prevent or treat bruxism, but during your routine examinations, we can detect signs that might indicate you could benefit from bruxism treatment.
How to tell if you have bruxism
Bruxism describes the constant, usually subconscious grinding of your teeth throughout the day and night. Because it’s subconscious, it isn’t something you can control, and much of the time, you may not even notice it. However, over time, the signs of your bruxism can become more obvious, and may include:
- Increased sensitivity/pain in one or more teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or worn-down teeth edges
- Pain and soreness in your jaw and facial muscles
- Chronic headaches and migraines, especially in the morning
- Ringing and discomfort in one or both ears (tinnitus)
- Problems biting and chewing (often related to a jaw dysfunction)
- And more
What a custom appliance does to help
If you think you might have bruxism, or if we notice signs of it during your routine dental exam, then you may benefit from personalized bruxism treatment. In many cases, this involves the use of a custom-designed oral appliance that protects your teeth from grinding against each other. The appliance, or nightguard, is similar to mouthguard in that it fits comfortably over your teeth. Unlike a mouthguard, however, it’s designed to be smaller and more supportive to allow you to rest comfortably throughout the night, and to stop bruxism from destroying your tooth structure while you sleep.
Make an appointment to stop teeth-grinding
Constantly grinding your teeth can quickly become a serious threat to your oral health, but with personalized bruxism treatment, we can help you stop. To schedule a consultation with us, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly serve patients who live in Bayard, Deming, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, and all surrounding communities.