eeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is any type of forceful contact between the teeth. For patients who experience severe teeth grinding, Navesink Dental Care can custom-fit you for a night guard.
The cause of teeth grinding is still unknown but it is believed that increased stress and anxiety can greatly increase how often and how severely you grind your teeth. Having an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth are also thought to contribute to teeth grinding.
Chronic teeth grinding can cause serious dental issues. Grinding can result in tooth fracture, loosening of teeth, or the loss of a tooth or teeth. In sever cases where teeth grinding is left untreated, the teeth can wear down to stumps, which will require bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, or possibly even dentures to repair.
Being fitted for a mouth guard or night guard will help protect your teeth from the effects of grinding while you sleep. In order to cease grinding completely, it’s important to treat the triggers for why you grind your teeth.
For more information, or to schedule an exam or cleaning, please contact Navesink Dental Care today. We will work with you to find an appointment day and time that works best with your busy schedule.