If you have been experiencing tooth problems due to night-time teeth grinding, you are in good company. This happens often for a variety of reasons, although the Bruxism Association says that nearly 70% of teeth grinding while you sleep (also called bruxism), stems from stress or anxiety. Other contributing factors include sleep apnea, smoking, caffeine or alcohol consumption, or taking medications for sleep, depression, and anxiety.
At Peak Dental Care, the dental practice of Dr. Scott Lindsay and his team in Centennial, Colorado, offers night guards for our patients suffering from night-time teeth grinding. Now, while there is no cure for bruxism per se, a night guard will protect your teeth and jaw from the damaging effects of teeth grinding. This is important because over time, bruxism can cause the following:
— Your teeth to flatten, fracture, loosen, and possible tooth loss
— Increased tooth sensitivity
— Pain from grinding to the nerve
— Gum recession
— Cause or worsen TMD (temporomandibular disorder) or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain
— Change the appearance of your face.
A custom-made night guard created by your dentist is fitted perfectly for your bite, whether it is a full mouth guard that protects all of your teeth, or just to cover your front teeth. Custom made night guards prevent costly repair to your teeth from the damage done by bruxism, which is vital because if bruxism is left untreated, the constant wear and tear on your teeth and jaw can lead to a need for bridges, crowns, root canals, dental implants, partial or complete dentures. Also, dental insurances often cover some or all of the cost of custom night guards.
Are you ready to find relief for your night-time teeth grinding? If so, Dr. Scott Lindsay and his team in Centennial, Colorado are happy to help! For more information, or to schedule a visit, please call us at 720-420-6226 today!