Summerwood Aesthetic Dentistry
Julie A. Spaniel DDS

Bruxism and Dental Health: Understanding Your Comprehensive Treatment Options

Bruxism Portland and Tigard

When it comes to dental health, brushing and flossing are not the only considerations. Placing excess stress on the teeth and jaws can cause major issues. Bruxism is a condition characterized by grinding and clenching the teeth, leading to jaw disorders and damaged teeth. Summerwood Family Dental provides solutions to patients experiencing the effects of bruxism. Read ahead to learn more.

About Bruxism

If you repeatedly gnash or grind your teeth, it is possible that you suffer from bruxism, especially if you do it while sleeping. Bruxism can also occur if you are awake, often in response to negative emotions and stress. There are a variety of risk factors related to the condition, including:

Stress levels: Many people clench their teeth as a coping mechanism for stress and anxiety. If you find yourself regularly stressed out, you could be at risk of bruxism.

Certain medications: Bruxism can be a side effect of certain medications, like antidepressants. Additionally, other substances like tobacco and alcohol can contribute to the risk of developing bruxism.

Family history: Bruxism while asleep can run in the family.

Medical conditions: Sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders tend to be linked to bruxism.

Customized Oral Appliances

Dr. Spaniel treats bruxism with customized oral appliances, also called mouth or bite guards. These oral appliances are designed to work with your unique smile. They are made of flexible material and fit right over your teeth, providing a safe and effective buffer in the event of teeth grinding.

Will A Store-Bought Mouthguard Work?

Store-bought oral appliances can be found at sporting goods stores and other retail locations, offering consumers a customized fit and protection. However, stock mouthguards do not compare to the ones you get from a dentist, for several reasons:

Comfort: Mouthguards that are crafted to your dental specifications provide a level of comfort that is simply not possible with stock mouthguards. Dr. Spaniel starts the process by first taking an impression of your teeth. This impression is then used to craft your unique mouthguard. When your mouthguard has been produced, Dr. Spaniel ensures you are satisfied with the fit and comfort during your fitting appointment.

Durability: Store-bought mouthguards are often made from cheap materials that wear down quickly. On the other hand, your customized mouthguards are intended to provide optimal protection with regular use.

Address Tooth Cracks

If Bruxism has already started damaging your teeth, you may notice new imperfections in your smile like cracks and fractures. In these cases, cosmetic treatments, such as veneers, can be used to restore the appearance of your smile. Dr. Spaniel can provide you with recommendations, such as a smile makeover for a comprehensive result.

Book an Appointment Today

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