Custom Mouthguards for Bruxism
Bruxism, or chronic teeth-grinding, is a common condition that can lead to a variety of related dental concerns. For many patients with bruxism, the act of grinding their teeth occurs most often at night. Because it can take a while for them to realize it, the condition can often cause significant tooth wear and damage by the time it’s treated. To prevent this, your dentist can spot early signs of bruxism during your routine dental exam and prescribe a custom-designed mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding.
What Is Bruxism?
Grinding your teeth may be a nervous tic or a sign of being stressed. When it only occurs once in a while or under very specific circumstances, your teeth-grinding probably isn’t bruxism. On the contrary, bruxism describes grinding your teeth excessively, often unconsciously, and is frequently caused by underlying issues with bite alignment and function. When left untreated, it can also be the cause of your teeth wearing down, developing cracks, being forced out of alignment, or more. Therefore, treating bruxism can often include restoring the tooth structure that has already been compromised.
In many cases, bruxism can be successfully treated with a mouthguard that your dentist can design specifically to fit your teeth. The mouthguard is similar to an athletic mouthguard, but smaller and more comfortable. Instead of protecting your teeth from accidental impact, the appliance will stop your teeth from grinding together while providing comfortable support for your jaw joints and muscles.
Fix Your Bite with a Custom Mouthguard
If you suffer from bruxism and/or TMJ disorder, then we may be able to correct your bite with a custom-designed mouthguard. To learn more about bruxism treatment, schedule a visit by calling the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Ft. Worth and Lake Worth, TX, and we welcome patients and their families who live in all of the surrounding DFW communities.