Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth Due To Stress? Try an Occlusal Guard
Teeth grinding can lead to cracked and chipped teeth, but a bite guard can help!
Do you often wake up in the morning with a headache, or jaw pain and stiffness? If so, these are signs that you grind your teeth at night. Here in Winston-Salem, NC, our dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta provides everything from cosmetic dentistry to preventive dental care to patients of all ages. If you are looking to protect the health of your smile from the long-term effects of teeth grinding, our dental team can help.
Why teeth grinding is bad
If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you’ll start to notice wear and tear on your smile over time. Even though enamel is strong, it can still be damaged. The repeated stress placed on your teeth by both your clenched and powerful jaws, as well as by grinding your teeth together, can lead to broken teeth and other problems.
Over time you may start to notice little cracks in your teeth, that your teeth appear shorter than usual or that your molars’ chewing surfaces are flat rather than having all the pits and grooves that they are supposed to. Here at our Winston-Salem, NC, cosmetic and preventive dentistry practice, Dr. Perrotta and her team can easily determine through a simple oral exam whether you grind your teeth.
How are teeth grinding and jaw clenching treated?
You must get the proper treatment you need to protect the health and strength of your teeth, and prevent other problems such as TMJ disorder from occurring. An occlusal guard is one of the best ways to prevent damage to your teeth when clenching or grinding, especially if this is something that you do while asleep.
Dr. Perrotta and her team will take measurements of your teeth to craft a custom bite guard that fits perfectly over your teeth. This device can be worn on the top or bottom teeth and it’s typically made from a special acrylic material.
This is different from the bite guards that you might find at your local drugstore. These commercial guards aren’t fitted to your teeth, which can actually make certain problems worse. This is why it’s worth it to discuss getting a custom bite guard with our dental team if you grind your teeth.
Protect the health of your teeth. Our cosmetic dentistry team here in Winston-Salem, NC, can craft a beautiful, strong, and long-lasting occlusal guard to preserve your beautiful smile. To find out if a bite guard is right for you, call us at (336) 760-9258 to schedule an appointment.