Have you been told that you grind your teeth in your sleep? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw during the day? Bruxism is a disorder involving involuntary grinding of the teeth or clenching your jaw together. While you may be aware of this condition and control it while you are awake, it can be difficult to stop the behavior when you are sleeping. A general dentistry solution is using a specialized nightguard to protect your teeth, and we offer custom nightguards at The Dentist Centers.
When you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you are exposing your teeth to friction and pressure. Your jaw muscles are very strong, allowing you to chew tough fibers in meats and vegetables. When there is no food between the teeth, this pressure is placed directly on the teeth. Grinding can wear down the enamel, putting your teeth at risk for decay and other issues. Clenching can crack or fracture the teeth, as well as damage the jaw joint. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ/TMD.
Customized Dental Nightguards for Tooth Protection
If you have bruxism, you can prevent damage to your teeth and jaw with a simple customized dental nightguard. Dr. Myers and his team can create a digital mold of your teeth with an advanced imaging system and send it to a dental lab to create your nightguard. When you wear your mouthguard, it prevents your teeth from touching while you sleep. This can eliminate damage from teeth grinding or jaw clenching, protecting your smile. Since we create a nightguard that is designed specifically for your mouth, it is comfortable and easy to use, allowing you to sleep soundly while wearing it.
Do not let bruxism damage your smile. Get relief from nocturnal jaw clenching and teeth grinding with a visit to The Dentist Centers. We have offices in Sandy Springs and Alpharetta. Contact us today to schedule your exam.