The Dangers of Teeth Grinding and How Custom-Fit Mouthguards Can Help Prevent Long Term Tooth Damage
Everybody can find themselves in situations that result in a bit of teeth grinding. Typically, if somebody is nervous or frustrated, it can be normal to grind teeth as a response. This is nothing to worry about. What does warrant concern is when somebody begins to chronically grind their teeth throughout the day or at night while asleep. This chronic grinding is called bruxism and, while the grinding may not be able to be stopped, there are ways to protect the affected teeth. Dr. Jordan Tucker at Elite Smiles of Pflugerville in Pflugerville, TX offers fitted mouthguards to protect teeth.
The Danger of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding, when left untreated, can result in complications comprising:
- Tooth damage including fracture, chips, cracks, or holes
- Tension headaches
- Significant and facial and/or jaw pain
- Temporomandibular joint disorders
Teeth that face significant damage from chronic bruxism could need fillings or even a crown to protect. If you are looking to avoid this costly dental work, you may want to consider a mouthguard.
Protecting Your Teeth with a Custom-Fit Mouthguard
Wearing a mouthguard at night when you sleep provides a level of protection to the surface of your teeth when grinding occurs. Dr. Tucker provides custom-fit mouthguards to patients that provide an optimal fit with excellent comfort. Wearing this at night will provide several benefits, including:
- Allows for the preservation of healthy teeth structure
- Prevent jaw pain and tooth soreness caused by chronic bruxism
- Assists in the prevention of fractured and cracked teeth due to grinding
- Protects previous dental work such as veneers which can be damaged due to grinding
A custom-fit mouthguard, while more expensive than guards you can buy over the counter, provide several advantages. Since over-the-counter mouthguards are one size fits all that you mold yourself, they can often provide comfort issues. With a mouthguard that proves uncomfortable, many people may neglect wearing it and allow for further damage to occur from teeth grinding. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of custom-fit mouthguards, please call Elite Smiles today at (512) 273-7790 for an appointment.