Unresolved stress can often cause you to unconsciously grind your teeth at night. This can cause both acute and chronic problems with your teeth as well as the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw.
The extreme pressure caused by clamping your jaw tightly and grinding can cause chips, dental fractures and contribute to existing dental attrition issues. This can also weaken the integrity of dental fillings on the biting surfaces of your teeth. Once the tooth enamel has been compromised these teeth will be at increasing risk of suffering new cavities.
As time goes on the tension in your jaw muscles and surrounding connective tissue can cause inflammation in the temporomandibular joints. This can also cause excess wear and tear on the cartilage structures of the joints. In time this increases your chances of suffering TMJ disorder and early onset of arthritis.
Wearing a dental guard in your mouth while you sleep can help cushion the biting surfaces while also allowing a little slip. This can help prevent damage to your teeth and reduce the effect on your temporomandibular joints.
If you find the dental guards sold in stores to be uncomfortable, you might want to try scheduling a consultation at Dr. Jeryl Abbott’s orthodontic clinic in Midlothian, Virginia. It might be possible for her to fit you for a custom dental guard.
This high quality mouthpiece will conform to the unique shape of your teeth and mouth to fit comfortably in place while you sleep.
If you live in the Midlothian, Virginia, area and you have been grinding your teeth at night, you should call 804-379-9177 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Jeryl Abbott.