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Bruxism is a technical term associated with chronic night grinding. While this is often a side effect of unresolved stress in adults, it might also be due to allergy issues or other medical complications. Regardless of the underlying source, you should not ignore the threat posed to your oral health by unaddressed bruxism.

It is possible for the undue tension applied to the biting surfaces of teeth to cause a chip or dental fracture. As time goes by, residual food particles and bacterial plaque might start to adhere to the affected tooth enamel. This could potentially cause a dangerous area of tooth decay to form.

The muscular tension and potential inflammation in the temporomandibular joints, caused by long-term bruxism could lead to other complications. This could include the pain and discomfort known as TMJ disorder.

If you find yourself grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should strongly consider sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. This is a simple, removable mouthpiece made from a special soft-plastic material.

When worn in your mouth during sleep, it will cushion your teeth, while also allowing a mild amount of slip. This can protect your tooth enamel from fracture while also reducing muscular tension in the temporomandibular joints.

If you find that the dental guards sold in stores fee uncomfortable or awkward in your mouth, the orthodontists at Great Big Smiles Orthodontics’s Scottsdale, Arizona clinic to ask about a custom dental guard.

We can help provide you with a high-quality dental guard that is custom shaped to match your unique bite pattern. This will cushion your teeth from fractures and enamel attrition on the biting surface. The modest amount of slip it allows can reduce the tension and resulting inflammation in the temporomandibular joints.

If you live in the Scottsdale, Arizona area and you’ve struggled with bruxism, you should call 480-948-4200 to explore your dental guard options at Great Big Smiles Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic.