One of the results of stress in our lives is we actually tend to clench and grind. So a lot of times people will be clenching and grinding at night, sometimes during the day, and the issue is they can have headaches. They can wake up in the morning with sore jaws, or other problems that arise from that. The other issue from the clinical side, I see a lot of teeth that start to be fractured. There can be fractures, cracks in those teeth, sometimes those teeth can break over time because of that extra wear that we’re doing on those. So the teeth aren’t designed to grind and clench, they’re designed to eat food. So when that’s not happening, that’s when we’re having problems with those.
One of the treatments for that is doing a night guard. It’s an acrylic piece that actually has kevlar in it so it actually is very strong and they last 15-20 years, sometimes even longer depending on how we care for that. But what it does is it prevents the teeth from coming together and grinding and clenching back and forth. It’s an object that stays in between there. It is very comfortable, over time it is something that you will obviously get used to, like anything. It took me some time to get used to it but it has actually helped me as well. So that’s why I am a firm believer that it can help many people, and also prevent those fractures from happening. Nobody wants to have crowns. I don’t want to do crowns on everybody’s teeth. If we can prevent that from happening then we’ve won.
If you grind or clench your teeth at night (called bruxism), you are at risk for a number of dental issues. Cracked Tooth Syndrome, TMJ, chronic headaches, and other issues can all be linked to bruxism. Luckily, Anderson Dental Care has a simple solution to protect your teeth and prevent chronic pain: a mouth guard.
Our custom night-time mouth guards are built to fit your teeth. These guards will cushion your mouth and prevent the grinding of your teeth and jaw that causes discomfort, pain, and tooth damage.
Over-the-counter mouth guards are available, but this type of guard isn’t nearly as effective as one shaped especially for you. Commercially available mouth guards tend to fit poorly, and some are so soft that they can be worn away by continued grinding. Don’t risk your dental health on an over-the-counter solution! Let us create a mouth guard that will prevent the problem from continuing.