Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects approximately 20 percent of the adult population in America. Because the majority of bruxism patients are not aware that they are engaging in this destructive behavior, the damage caused by the grinding goes unnoticed until a dentist discovers it at a routine checkup. A Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH, our team of experienced doctors and dental staff offer a variety of preventive and general family dentistry solutions, including treatment for bruxism.
Why is Bruxism Treatment Important?
The forces exerted by the muscles of the jaw are intense in a patient with bruxism. While the patient is asleep, the teeth are forcibly ground together, back and forth as well as side to side in some cases. This action not only damages the surfaces of your teeth, but may also cause cracks to restorative and cosmetic dentistry work like crowns or veneers. Approximately 20 percent of people with bruxism also develop a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder. This musculoskeletal issue leads to pain in the jaw, head, neck, and shoulders, and may cause serious damage to the joint that connects the jaw to the skull.
Fortunately, there is a way to prevent the damage associated with bruxism. Our doctors will assess your case and may recommend the use of a customized nightguard, also known simply as a mouthguard. This comfortable, custom-fitted oral appliance keeps the teeth from grinding against one another by keeping the jaw in its proper position. Most patients report feeling relief from their symptoms after just one night!
Get the Bruxism Relief You Need
Has your partner ever told you that the sound of your teeth grinding at night keeps them from getting the sleep they need? Perhaps you’ve noticed that your teeth appear worn or flat along their top surfaces. If you suspect that you may be suffering from bruxism, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Concord, NH today to schedule your appointment with our doctors at Generations Dental Care. We want to help you find a bruxism treatment plan that best suits your lifestyle and individual situation. Our warm, welcoming office proudly serves families from throughout Concord, Pembroke, Hooksett, Manchester, Bow, Loudon, Canterbury, and beyond.