If you consistently wake up after a night of rest with a sore jaw or teeth, have an uneven bite, or have sensitivity in your mouth, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. This is a common dental problem, but that does not mean that you should not address it. At Dental Impressions of Ankeny, IA, we offer custom oral appliances to help with teeth-grinding problems. Keep reading today’s blog to understand the problems associated with bruxism.Read more: A Sleep Appliance Can Solve Your Bruxism
Bruxism Is A Common Sleep Disorder
This problem can be due to several factors such as an uneven bite line, stress, genetics, and other sleep-related disorders. It can negatively affect your health in several ways. First off, it could harm your sleep quality by causing discomfort while you rest. It may also hurt your oral health over time. Grinding your teeth together over time can cause your enamel to be worn down, leading to more sensitivity when using your teeth. You may also begin to experience pain in your jaw which could be a TMJ disorder.
The problems associated with tooth grinding can be scary, especially when you may even be grinding your teeth without realizing it as you sleep. That is where Dental Impressions comes in to help. At your regular dental appointment, we may be able to see areas of stress on your teeth. This, combined with your symptoms, can help us diagnose you with bruxism.
A Custom Oral Appliance Could Help
We can offer a solution that will help you solve this problem: a custom oral appliance. This looks like an orthodontic retainer and acts as a barrier between your top and bottom teeth to prevent you from mashing your teeth together as you sleep. To receive your custom oral appliance, we will have to diagnose you with bruxism and then have a mold created of your smile which will be sent off to a lab where your custom appliance will be created. Once this is sent back to us, we will give it to you. You will simply wear it as you sleep, and experience better Zs at night.
If your smile has been harmed by your teeth grinding, we also offer restorative options for our patients. Fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants can help replace or restrengthen areas of your teeth that may have been weakened by your sleep disorder. You and your dentist will work together to create a treatment plan that is best suited for your needs.
Get Your Custom Oral Appliance Today!
We’re here to help you with your bruxism! For more information about your bruxism treatment options, schedule an appointment with our team by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA at (515) 965-0230 today.