PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY - Nightguards / Mouth Guards for Bruxism
Bruxism is characterized by a degeneration of tooth enamel caused by the grinding of teeth. Generally bruxism occurs during the night and is an inadvertent clenching of the jaw. Most people suffer from bruxism during some point of their lives, usually due to stress. However, some individuals habitually suffer from bruxism and sustain great damage to their teeth over a long period of time.
For those who have problems with bruxism and end up suffering tooth damage as a result, the dentists at Barrington Dental Care™ may recommend that you wear a mouth guard to prevent accidental tooth damage. Most people only need to wear a bruxism guard during the night, but in extreme cases you may be advised to wear bruxism guards during the day.
You may not even know that you have bruxism. Only the most severe cases will even show symptoms – which involve tooth and jaw pain, and even tooth cracking if the chewing mechanism is repeated and strong enough. But most people who have bruxism don’t even realize they have it, and only become aware when a dentist lets them know about the wear on their teeth. If left unchecked, bruxism can cause tooth loss and gum recession and even contribute to certain kinds of infection.
If it has been decided that you have bruxism, the most common therapy recommended by dentists is the use of a mouth guard. A mouth guard worn to prevent bruxism can vary in cost and quality, from a drug store bought guard to a custom made guard that is molded specifically to your mouth and jaw.
There are differing goals to a dentist prescribing a mouth guard. Some mouth guards are merely meant to prevent further damage from bruxing, while others are geared toward reorienting the teeth in your mouth to stop bruxing from occurring at all. Careful consultation with the dentists at Barrington Dental Care™ is required to manage both bruxism and the damage it causes to your bite.