You can potentially do serious harm to your teeth if you have a habit of clenching your jaw. Unfortunately, people who suffer from a habit of teeth grinding (a condition known as bruxism) tend to grind them while sleeping. This means your unconscious habit can go on through the night, and you can wake up feeling discomfort in your face, jaw, and neck. You can also damage your teeth, even to the point that you will need restorative dental care. Your dentist can provide protection so that you do not suffer dental damage because of this condition.
A Special Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Teeth At Night
To stop teeth grinding from affecting the condition of your smile, your dentist can supply you with a mouth guard made to keep them free of damage. By wearing this mouth guard at night, you will ensure that you are not able to damage your teeth when your jaw attempts to clench while you sleep.
Addressing TMJ Pain
One issue that can develop because of bruxism is TMJ dysfunction, a problem with your jaw joint alignment. If this develops (or if TMJ problems have created your issue with bruxism), a special oral insert can be made to keep your jaw in a more comfortable position.
Taking Measures To Address Dental Damage
Dental damage incurred due to teeth grinding can be addressed through care from your dentist. Cosmetic dental work can cover up minor damages. However, if you put your teeth through enough strain to lead to more significant damage, you may require dental crowns for more severely damaged teeth.
Protection From Bruxism Damage Thanks To Pacific Hills Dental
You can count on expert care from Pacific Hills Dental when you come in for help with bruxism. You can receive a special mouth guard that stops you from damaging your teeth at night, and you can undergo whatever treatment is needed to address any dental damage. To arrange an appointment for yourself or a family member, call our Omaha, NE, dental office today at (402)330-2243. We proudly provide care for patients in Omaha, NE, and all surrounding areas, including Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, and Millard.