Do you feel pressured, stressed, and anxious often? These feelings can evolve to impact more than just your mental health… they can also damage your mouth by causing bad oral habits like grinding and clenching your teeth at night. Bruxism is a common condition that impacts 10 percent of American adults and about 15 percent of children, according to the American Sleep Association. Without proper protection, this condition can cause enamel erosion, dental damage, and even increase your risk of developing oral health problems. The best way to keep your smile safe from bruxism in Englewood is to get a customized nightguard from Dr. Weerasooriya.
Many cases of bruxism go undiagnosed because it typically happens while you’re asleep. As long as you know what symptoms and signs to look out for, or if you have a partner that can listen for grinding sounds, you should be able to find out if you suffer from bruxism. Here are some signs to keep an eye out for:
If you notice any of these, don’t hesitate to contact our office so we can conduct an examination and let you know whether you can benefit from a customized protective nightguard.
After we examine your mouth and determine that bruxism is the cause for your symptoms, we’ll likely recommend a customized nightguard to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding and preserve your oral health. Without the proper preventive treatment, bruxism can cause issues to develop down the line, such as bite misalignment and an increased risk of cavities.
Typically, our patients who receive customized nightguards will visit us twice, once for an impression, and another time to pick up their appliance. After we capture the impression, we’ll send it to our dental laboratory to make your nightguard. They use specially selected materials that are meant to withstand force and everyday use. It will cushion your teeth and muscles, reducing enamel erosion and tooth wear, as well as prevent any jaw and mouth injuries caused by excessive tension and pressure.
Even though you can find a one-size-fits-all protective mouthguard from your local pharmacy or grocery store, these aren’t professionally made from quality materials for maximized protection. Some benefits of getting a bruxism mouthguard from our office include:
If you have any questions about how your oral habits are impacting your teeth and gums, or would like to learn more about bruxism, contact our office today to schedule a thorough examination and consultation.