What is Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)?
Bruxism refers to any type of forceful contact between the teeth. This can be a loud and grating contact or a silent and clenching contact. Either form can cause serious damage to the teeth. Many aren’t aware that they have the condition because they grind their teeth only in their sleep. However, bruxism can occur during waking hours as well.
Why do I grind my teeth?
Why is bruxism bad?
Treating Teeth Grinding with a Nightguard
Teeth are covered in a layer of dentin, which protects the nerve endings and blood vessels underneath. Dentin is in turn covered by a harder substance called enamel. The effects of stress, a sleep disorder, or one’s irregular bite can sometimes cause the muscles in the jaw tense and tighten during sleep. This clenches the teeth together, sometimes resulting in a grinding motion that grates the upper and lower rows against each other. Persistent, untreated bruxism can result in deterioration of the enamel all the way through the dentin, compromising the integrity of your teeth and often resulting in discomfort and pain.
A dental night guard will reduce your teeth grinding problem by relaxing your jaw muscles and allowing them to align properly. It will not only protect your teeth again surface damage gum problems and loose teeth, it will also help strengthen your teeth.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing dental problems related to Bruxism/Teeth Grinding, be sure to contact our Lady’s Island, SC dental office. Drs. Covington or DuRant can work with you to develop a solution to help alleviate your symptoms and restore function to your smile. To schedule an appointment, call (843) 986-0177 or request an appointment online.