How much harm can you do to your teeth in the course of the night? Our bodies naturally limit our saliva production during the time we are at rest, reducing our natural protection against decay. For some people, another smile threat affects them while they sleep. Bruxism, or nightly teeth grinding, can lead to visible wear and tear, and in time it can cause serious damage to your enamel. If you think that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep, talking to your Columbia, TN dentist can help. We can provide a custom oral guard to keep your teeth apart, which can protect you against the harm done by bruxism.
Nightly Teeth Grinding Can Affect Your Appearance And Oral Health
Nightly teeth grinding can occur for many reasons. For some, it is a response to stress. Others will have issues due to ongoing trouble with TMJ disorder. Without the right intervention, the friction created when you clench and grind can wear down your enamel, leading to possible damage that can hurt your smile and oral health. The good news is that a custom oral guard can protect you against bruxism and prevent permanent harm. If damage has already affected you, we can discuss treatment options to address any cosmetic or oral health concerns.
Wearing A Custom Guard To Protect Your Smile From Wear And Tear
With a custom oral appliance, we can help you once again rest without worrying about how you can protect your smile. Your dentist will capture detailed measurements of your teeth and oral structures in order to provide an appliance that fits securely and comfortably. In addition to making the appliance more comfortable, this can make keeping it in position easier. When in place, it can keep your teeth apart, and it can also reduce stress on your jaw joints and muscles.
Dealing With Dental Damage That You Have Already Experienced
If you already have visible wear and tear on your teeth, or if you have a chip or crack in a tooth that you will need addressed, we can help. For superficial problems, we can take care of you by recommending cosmetic dental work. If the damage is too serious and puts you at risk for dental problems, we can discuss the role that a dental crown should play in restoring your smile and oral health.
Talk To Your Columbia, TN Dentist About Bruxism
At our Columbia, TN dentist's office, people who struggle with bruxism can come to us for important support. Through the use of a custom appliance, we can protect your teeth against damage and wear and tear that can occur due to nightly grinding and clenching. We can also help you by providing treatment to restore your smile. To find out more, call Creekside Family Dentistry in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.