You already know that cavities and gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health. But nighttime clenching and grinding, also called bruxism, is a serious threat as well. Affecting an estimated 1 in 10 people, bruxism can lead to chips and fractures, jaw pain, and even temperature sensitivity. And with decades of experience, Dr. Greenwood has seen firsthand how important it is to prevent these problems rather than treat them. Learn more about bruxism below and how a custom nightguard in Sagamore Hills can help. And if you suspect that you’re grinding your teeth at night, contact us anytime to schedule an appointment.
Bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors. One of the most common causes is stress, but too much caffeine, bite alignment issues, poor posture, and sleep apnea can also contribute.
And since it occurs during sleep, some people aren’t aware that they’re clenching and grinding. That’s why Dr. Greenwood always checks for signs and symptoms at every checkup, including:
As a dentist in Sagamore Hills, Dr. Greenwood often recommends a custom-made nightguard to prevent all the oral health problems mentioned above. This appliance can be made in just a couple of appointments, and while it won't stop you from clenching and grinding, it will cushion and protect your teeth from damage and also reduce the pressure on your jaw joints.
However, a custom-made appliance will be much more effective than an over-the-counter option for many reasons:
A custom nightguard is an excellent way to protect your teeth, get a good night’s rest, and even prevent the need for major dental work. If you’re interested in seeing how one of these appliances can benefit you, contact us today.