Teeth grinding, clenching and uneven bite balance can all take a toll on teeth and contribute to tooth damage and eventual tooth loss. As a top-ranked periodontist, Dr. Jeffrey Glaser offers state-of-the-art bite adjustments and night guards to help patients in Plano, TX, avoid tooth damage and chronic head and jaw pain.
Night guards are special devices that are worn during sleep to help prevent chronic grinding (bruxism) and clenching, both of which can cause tooth damage like uneven tooth wear, cracks or fractures, interior tooth damage, discoloration, and receding gums. Night guards are custom-fitted using impressions or molds of the teeth so they fit comfortably and provide effective protection and cushioning between teeth surfaces.
Both bruxism (grinding) and clenching can cause considerable damage to the tooth surface, internal structure and roots, especially when these habits are allowed to persist without treatment. Some of the most common effects of grinding and clenching include:
Clenching and grinding can also increase the risk of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a chronic condition that occurs when the jaw joints become inflamed and painful. Night guards are worn each night to protect teeth and prevent damage. Made of durable materials, night guards are custom fit for comfort and they’re also very easy to care for.
Teeth are designed to align is a specific way to bite and chew properly and to reduce stress and strain on jaw joints. Sometimes, bite balance can be disrupted by issues like tooth loss, uneven tooth surfaces, and other tooth damage. Jaw and tooth shape are other common causes of poor bite alignment and uneven bite balance. As a result, the jaw joints can become inflamed and painful and chronic jaw pain and headaches can occur. A poorly aligned bite can also cause uneven pressures on tooth surfaces, resulting in damage that can increase the risk of decay and tooth loss. Bite adjustments use procedures like bite splint therapy to keep the teeth and jaws in optimal positions so strain is alleviated. Different types of bite splints are available depending on the cause of misalignment.
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