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Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Often occurring during sleep, bruxism can go unnoticed until significant damage has been done to your teeth and overall oral health. At Tolland Hill Family Dental, we understand the impact bruxism can have on your smile and well-being. In this article, we will discuss the dental damage caused by bruxism, its link to TMJ disorders and how a custom nightguard can protect and improve your oral health.

Dental Damage from Bruxism

Bruxism can lead to severe dental damage if left untreated. The constant grinding and clenching exert excessive pressure on your teeth, which can result in:

  • Tooth Wear: The enamel, which is the hard outer layer of your teeth, can become worn down from the friction of grinding. This can lead to tooth sensitivity and an increased risk of cavities.
  • Chipped or Cracked Teeth: The intense pressure can cause teeth to chip or crack, requiring restorative dental work such as fillings, crowns or even root canals.
  • Flattened Teeth: Chronic grinding can cause the biting surfaces of your teeth to become flat, altering your bite and affecting your ability to chew properly.
  • Loose Teeth: Over time, the excessive force can damage the supporting structures of your teeth, leading to loosening and even tooth loss.

TMJ Disorders and Bruxism

Bruxism is a significant contributor to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which affect the joints connecting your jaw to your skull. Symptoms of TMJ disorders can include:

  • Jaw Pain: Persistent pain in the jaw muscles and joints can be a direct result of bruxism.
  • Headaches: Frequent headaches, especially in the morning, can be caused by the strain and tension from nighttime grinding.
  • Ear Pain: TMJ disorders can cause referred pain to the ears, often mistaken for ear infections.
  • Jaw Clicking or Popping: The constant pressure and grinding can lead to clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth, which can be painful.
  • Difficulty Opening the Mouth: Severe TMJ disorders can result in limited mouth opening and difficulty in chewing or speaking.

The Benefits of a Custom Nightguard

A custom nightguard is one of the most effective treatments for managing bruxism and preventing further dental damage. Here is how a custom nightguard can improve your oral health:

  • Protection of Teeth: A nightguard acts as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing them from grinding against each other and reducing the risk of tooth damage.
  • Reduction of Jaw Strain: By providing a cushion, the nightguard helps to alleviate the pressure on your jaw muscles and joints, reducing the risk of TMJ disorders.
  • Improved Sleep Quality: Many patients find that using a nightguard reduces discomfort and allows for a more restful sleep, leading to better overall health.
  • Custom Fit for Comfort: Unlike over-the-counter options, a custom nightguard is tailored to fit your mouth precisely, ensuring maximum comfort and effectiveness.
  • Durability: Custom nightguards are made from high-quality materials designed to withstand the grinding forces of bruxism, providing long-lasting protection.

Bruxism is a serious condition that can have lasting effects on your dental health and overall well-being. At Tolland Hill Family Dental, we are dedicated to helping our patients protect their smiles from the damaging effects of bruxism. If you suspect that you are grinding or clenching your teeth, schedule a consultation with us today. Our team will work with you to create a custom nightguard that fits your needs and helps you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Don’t let bruxism ruin your smile – take the first step towards better oral health today.

Posted on behalf of Tolland Hill Family Dental

12 Goose Ln
Tolland, CT 06084

Phone: (860) 875-6269

Formerly Dr. Frederick M. Daniels Dental Office
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