Many adults will occasionally grind their teeth at night due to unresolved stress in their day. However, if you grind your teeth on a regular basis, it can cause several oral health complications, which can have a serious adverse effect on your quality of life.
Chronic night grinding can tax and compromise jaw muscles, resulting in soreness or inflammation in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. Over time, this can cause TMJ disorder.
The forces involved in grinding your teeth can also place unnatural pressure on the biting surfaces of your teeth. This can cause chips and fractures in the tooth enamel of multiple teeth. These areas can then trap bacteria and food particles, promoting tooth decay.
If you find yourself grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis, you can easily reduce your chances of developing these complications by using a night guard in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. This is a basic mouthpiece that you insert in your mouth shortly before going to bed each night.
Some people find that the night guards sold in stores can be uncomfortable. Sometimes they slip out of position as the night goes on or they cause excess salivation. One of the best ways to deal with this is to have your dentist, Dr. Arpan Patel, fit you for a custom-fitted night guard.
This is a special type of mouthpiece that is custom shaped to match your unique bite pattern. While it is in your mouth, it will cushion your teeth from chips and fractures on the biting surfaces. The modest amount of slip it allows can reduce the tension and resulting inflammation in the temporomandibular joints.
If you grind your teeth on a regular basis, you should call (215) 515-5157 to explore your night guard options at Alpha Dental Excellence.