Some people develop a problem with grinding their teeth as they sleep. This condition, which is known as bruxism, can pose a significant threat to the integrity of your teeth and the overall function of your mouth. Sometimes the force exerted by clenching your jaw muscles and grinding your teeth can damage your tooth enamel.
This can eventually lead to chips and dental fractures on the surfaces of your teeth. This problem can also lead to damaged dental fillings, and chipped bridges, and crowns. Even a seemingly minor dental fracture could potentially start to collect bacterial deposits, which could lead to a severe cavity.
In many of these cases, using a quality dental guard when you go to sleep can help reduce your chances of suffering damaged teeth from chronic night grinding. This is a special mouthpiece made from a durable yet comfortable dental grade material. Your night guard will cushion the biting and chewing surfaces of your teeth, while allowing for a slight amount of natural slip.
If you live in the Winter Park, Florida, region and you have been grinding your teeth on a regular basis, please call 407.645.3636 to schedule an appointment at Jennifer Ortega DMD.