Bruxism is a term associated with individuals who struggle with chronic night grinding. The act of unconsciously clenching the jaw muscles is often related to unresolved issues with chronic stress.
If bruxism goes unmitigated the excess force exerted on the mouth could potentially chip or fracture multiple teeth. Once a tooth has been affected the compromised area can start to gradually collect bacterial deposits which could eventually foster a severe case of tooth decay.
If you have been struggling to deal with chronic night grinding our dentist might suggest wearing a dental guard in your mouth when you sleep. It removable oral appliance can help cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth. The soft plastic material also allows for a mild amount of amount of slip between both sets of teeth to help ease tension on your temporomandibular joints.
If you are not comfortable with the dental guards sold at the retail level Dr. Caesar Ciaglia might be able to provide you with a custom unit. The unit can be carefully designed to closely match the curvature of your bite pattern as well as the contours of your teeth for a more comfortable fit.
If you live in the New Lenox, Illinois, area and you have noticed yourself grinding your teeth on a frequent basis, you should call 815-485-2345 to set up an appointment at New Lenox Dental Group.