A custom-made oral appliance could be just what you need if you grind and clench your teeth. My Centerport Dental Center in Downtown Portland can fit you with a custom-made oral appliance that will help prevent you from clenching and grinding your teeth, which is technically referred to as bruxism.
Bruxism can occur while you are awake or asleep with some people having no idea that they are grinding or clenching their teeth. Teeth grinding can happen to anyone, even children, and is much more common than you know. However, teeth grinding can be treated with a custom-made oral appliance.
Although some people believe that bruxism is a nervous habit, it can cause serious problems with your teeth, gums and your mouth.
Excessive tooth wear or TMD can occur if teeth clenching and grinding are left untreated.
Causes of Bruxism
Teeth clenching and grinding is usually caused by anxiety and stress, but could be caused by a bad bite or from a trauma to the head. At first, you may be aware that you are doing when you are awake, but over time, it will become a habit. Bruxism becomes automatic making it nearly impossible to stop.
Symptoms of Bruxism
The most common symptoms that I see in my Downtown Portland Dental Practice are sore jaw joints or muscles, dull headaches, sore teeth and restless sleep.
Effects of Bruxism
The effects of bruxism can cause damaged teeth, jaw pain, and even loss of hearing. If bruxism isn’t treated, it can result in dental repairs on dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and implants.
An Oral Appliance for Relief
The best way to prevent tooth damage from grinding and clenching is with a custom-made oral appliance from my dental practice in Downtown Portland. If you aren’t aware that you suffer from bruxism, but suspect you may be, I can help with a thorough examination of your mouth to determine if you are grinding and clenching your teeth. A custom-made oral appliance crafted from plastic is worn while you sleep. This helps prevent your teeth from grinding against each other.
Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule an appointment with my dental clinic Downtown Portland today.