Keeping your dental health in great shape requires more than brushing and flossing your teeth. For instance, if you have bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), no amount of oral care hygiene will fix the problem. In such cases, you need to see a dentist like Dr. William Proffitt in Maryville, Tennessee, to protect your smile from dental damage and jaw-related problems. Proffitt Dentistry helps you overcome bruxism with custom-designed appliances like the night guard.
It’s a habit where you chronically grind and clench your teeth. Although it happens subconsciously when sleeping, some people grind their teeth when awake. Whether you have a sleep or awake bruxism, you should seek dental care before it causes permanent damage to your smile.
Unfortunately, most bruxism sufferers don’t realize they have the condition unless their sleeping partners tell them or the dentist notices dental damage during a routine exam. If you experience the symptoms below, please book an appointment with a dentist for proper diagnosis and care.
A custom mouthpiece prevents your upper and lower teeth from getting into contact. This reduces the grinding forces exerted on the teeth, reducing dental damage. Besides, a bruxism guard takes the pressure off the jaw joints and muscles, which reduces TMJ-related discomforts.
But will any mouth-guard work? Our office wants you to overcome teeth grinding with comfortable procedures. Unlike generic mouthguards, ours are custom-made after taking impressions of your bite. As a result, our dental guards comfortably fit over your mouth when sleeping. In fact, once you slip them on at night, they are so comfortable you will forget you have them on. The only thing that reminds you of your mouthguard is waking up refreshed with no discomfort.
Most cases of bruxism can be managed with a customized night guard. If you want to overcome your chronic teeth grinding and clenching in Maryville, TN, please dial (865) 432-0804 to book an appointment with Proffitt Dentistry.
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