Mouth Guards for Bruxism

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Do you grind or clench your teeth? This behavior is known as bruxism, and it can do significant damage to your oral health if left untreated.

Many patients who suffer from bruxism exhibit the behavior in their sleep. The severity of bruxism can range from occasional grinding or clenching to outright mashing of your teeth.

According to research by the American Dental Association, as many as 15 percent of American adults suffer from bruxism in some form.

The risks of bruxism

Your teeth are built to withstand a certain amount of force, but bruxism adds pressure that can be detrimental. Dental research has shown that bruxism exerts as much as 600 pounds of force per square inch on the molars, located at the back of the mouth.

Bruxism is known to cause the following oral health issues:

  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Pain in jaw joints
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Damage to existing dental work
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth sensitivity or pain
  • Tooth loss
  • TMJ disorder

Treatment

At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we can treat bruxism by prescribing a bite guard to be worn during sleep.

You may have seen many night guards at your local store. At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we prescribe custom-made bite guards. Not only are they made of higher-quality materials than those available over the counter, but also they provide a secure and comfortable fit because each one is uniquely designed from an impression taken of your bite and mouth.

If you wake up consistently suffering from jaw soreness, tooth pain or a dull headache, then bruxism could be the cause. Do not live with bruxism, and its risks on your oral health, any longer. Call SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, at (864) 647-9000 to schedule a consultation today.

SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is proud to serve patients living in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.

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