Teeth grinding is a condition which usually affects people during the night, rather than during waking hours. Bruxism is the proper name for the condition, which is thought to affect around 8% to 10% of adults. When you grind your teeth at night, there are a number of possible consequences.
Besides potentially damaging your teeth, bruxism is not a very pleasant experience for partners and spouses. Much like snoring, the grinding of the teeth is often clearly audible and can disturb the sleep of both the grinder and others sleeping in the same room.
One of the most common results of teeth grinding is the biting surface of the teeth becomes worn down. This will result in an uneven bite, which increases the risk of teeth becoming out of shape or misaligned. Constant grinding of the teeth can result in the teeth cracking, chipping or breaking.
A nightguard is a general dentistry treatment that protects the teeth while you are sleeping and helps prevent grinding altogether. However, nightguards are most effective when they are made to fit.
Nightguards purchased over the counter are one-size-fits-all. Each person’s mouth and teeth are different, so it is a lottery as to whether a nightguard bought from a store will fit comfortably – if it fits at all.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Nightguards are a great way to treat grinding your teeth while you sleep. However, Noble Smiles Dentistry will also carry out a comprehensive exam to find out what is causing you to grind your teeth in the first place. There are many possible contributing factors to teeth grinding. Many of which can be corrected through other dental treatments.
Noble Smiles Dentistry can help you find relief from bruxism. Contact our office today so we can assess you or your child’s needs.