Bruxism, the persistent grinding and clenching of teeth, can wreak havoc on your oral health and overall wellbeing, particularly when left untreated. Although it can occur at any time, it is more prevalent during nighttime sleep, often going unnoticed until symptoms become pronounced. When left untreated, bruxism can cause significant damage to your teeth and may lead to the development of many other oral health issues.
Common signs of bruxism include:
- Broken, chipped or excessively worn teeth
- Jaw pain and TMJ disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle tension in the head, neck and shoulders
- Waking up with a tired or tight feeling in the jaw
- Indentations on the sides of the tongue
Here at Avent Ferry Family Dentistry, we provide treatments to alleviate discomfort and manage your bruxism so you can start regaining a healthy mouth and smile. One of the treatments our dentist may recommend is a custom night guard. This specialized mouth guard is designed to prevent teeth grinding and clenching during sleep, protecting your teeth from any further damage. Night guards work by preventing the upper and lower teeth from touching, providing a barrier that protects the teeth and which redistributes the grinding and clenching forces that cause tooth damage. Your night guard will be tailored to fit your unique mouth and smile to ensure comfort as well as effectiveness.
To learn more about night guards and bruxism treatment in Holly Springs, North Carolina, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Butts, call 919-372-3400 today and speak with a member of our team. We are committed to helping you preserve and protect your teeth so you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life.