Patients who clench and grind their teeth at night may be dealing with a chronic condition that can impact their teeth. This condition, called bruxism, is prevalent in some patients and can cause unwanted wear and tear to the smile.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition that causes patients to clench and grind the teeth when they sleep. This is nothing they can control unless it is stress-related. When left untreated, it can cause wearing of the enamel on the natural teeth. It can also be severe enough to make teeth smaller or even break teeth or restorations that are in place. Patients with bruxism may have chronic headaches or jaw pain because of the activity occurring when they sleep.
How is bruxism treated?
Some patients experience bruxism only when they are going through periods of extreme stress. Stress relief methods will often keep this problem under control. However, some patients do it subconsciously without even realizing it, and are unsure what causes it to happen. In cases such as this, it is most important to protect the teeth from bruxism. This is when Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. may suggest to patients in the area of Houston, TX to consider oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is the use of a mouth guard that is made explicitly for a patient to protect the natural teeth and provide cushioning when patients clench or grind. Doing so will reduce the damage that can be caused to the natural teeth from this condition. It can also relieve patients of headaches and jaw pain. Patients work with their dentist to get a proper diagnosis of their situation, and then undergo a series of impressions to fabricate their brand new mouth guard. Worn every night, this oral appliance will provide an extra layer of protection against the damage often caused by bruxism.
Have you been diagnosed with bruxism?
Consider oral appliance therapy today! Call Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. of Peters Dental Associates to discuss the advantages of using a specialized mouth guard to protect your teeth and reduce tension. Call (281) 486-8061 and schedule your appointment at our practice located in Suite 100 at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard.