An Appliance that Protects Teeth from Grinding
Bruxism is the chronic grinding of your teeth, and for patients who have it, it can eventually become one of the biggest threats to their smiles. Even if you catch and stop yourself from grinding your teeth during the day, you won’t be able to control it at night while you’re sleeping. However, that doesn’t mean your smile is helpless. If you stick to a regular schedule of checkup and cleaning appointments, then Dr. Foust can spot the signs of bruxism, including excessive tooth wear and damage. Then, she can recommend a custom-designed appliance to protect your teeth and restorative treatment, if necessary, to repair any existing tooth damage.
How to Know if You Have Bruxism
If you notice that you grind your teeth more often and consistently than normal, than you should consider speaking with us about the possibility of bruxism. However, if your condition occurs more often at night and you aren’t aware of it, then you can improve your chances of catching it early and preventing extensive tooth damage by looking out for these common signs:
- Increasing tooth sensitivity
- Sore facial and jaw muscles
- An uneven bite (due to tooth wear)
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- And more
With the help of a custom oral appliance, we can help you alleviate these symptoms and help you avoid experiencing more severe troubles. After a careful examination, Dr. Foust can also help determine if your bruxism is a symptom of a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.
Appliances for Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a sleep disorder that can cause you to stop breathing while you sleep. It’s typically caused by oral tissues blocking the airway, as well as numerous other factors that are unique to each patient. While bruxism can warn Dr. Foust that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, a comprehenisve and multi-faceted diagnosis from your physician and sleep expert will be necessary to determine for sure. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, then we may be able to design a custom sleep apnea appliance to keep your airway open and clear while you sleep.
Stop Grinding Your Teeth for Good
Bruxism treatment can help you stop grinding your teeth and avoid the many serious oral health complications that could arise from it. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today at (515) 965-0230. We also welcome patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.