Night Guards for Teeth Grinding
Do You Grind Your Teeth?
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, and teeth clenching are both common general dentistry problems that can be caused by stress. Some people may consciously grind or clench their teeth during the day, but it’s a bigger problem for people who unconsciously do it while sleeping. Teeth grinding can damage the tooth enamel and wear down otherwise healthy teeth. When the enamel is worn down, it can expose the dentin making teeth more susceptible to decay. Grinding can also cause jaw discomfort and can irritate the gums. Not to mention, the annoying grinding noise that can keep bed mates awake and frustrated.
Teeth grinders should consider seeing a general dentistry professional, like Dr. Corsello in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A general dentistry professional can fit patients for night guards. A night guard will protect the teeth from grinding and clenching by placing a barrier between the top and bottom teeth. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to help the patient breathe properly.
Let Northland Dental Medicine Help You Relax
Dr. Corsello, a general dentistry professional in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offers several simple remedies. The most common in our practice is to fit the effected patient with an NTI, single visit protector. NTI works by discluding the anterior teeth thus reducing stress to the Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) which reduces or eliminates temporal headaches and protects the joint and teeth at the same time.
Another option is a full arch snap in device fabricated at a dental laboratory. First an impression of the patients teeth is obtained. Then, the impression will be sent out to a dental lab. In a few weeks, the night guard will be returned to Dr. Corsello and given to the patient at their next appointment. Nightguards are very durable and can therefore last the patient for up to ten over 25 years.
The option you choose depends on many factors which may be discussed in consultation or regular cleaning and exam visits.
In addition to the intra-oral devices Dr. Corsello may advise a series of Botox injections designed to reduce the forces produced on the jaws which will in turn relax your jaws and protect teeth and joints from further trauma.Teeth grinders can try a few other methods as well to help protect their teeth. First, try to train the jaw to be easy and free rather than clenching it. Patients can practice this at any time during the day. Second, say goodbye to gum or other objects that can be chewed on, like a pen. This will help the jaw get used to being in a relaxed state. Lastly, limit intake of alcohol and caffeine, as these might increase the likelihood of teeth grinding. Live a relaxed life.
With Northland Dental Medicine’s extensive range of treatments for those affected by bruxism, we’ll help you unclench, unwind, and keep your teeth happy and healthy for over 25 years to come. Call today and schedule an appointment if you’ve had enough with grinding.
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