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Posted on: November 2, 2020
Are Cracked Teeth on the Rise?
An article recently published in The New York Times indicates that dentists are seeing more cases of cracked, chipped or damaged teeth as a result of the stress people are currently experiencing in the coronavirus pandemic. At our dental practice, we provide proven solutions for preventing issues with damaged teeth that are caused by grinding or clenching your teeth. Our team is committed to the highest standards of excellence in managing your dental care requirements during the pandemic and in the future.
Is Bruxism a Common Problem?
Bruxism is a technical term used to describe the habit of grinding or clenching the teeth, especially when this happens at night. This is dangerous and damaging to your teeth in several ways:
- Over time, the tooth enamel that makes up the outer shell of your teeth can become worn down and damaged. This can create a higher risk for tooth decay, cavities and infections that could result in the loss of one or more teeth.
- Clenching your teeth can put extreme pressure on molars, incisors and other teeth that could cause them to break or crack.
- Bruxism can also cause stress on your jaw that can result in a condition known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome and can produce headaches and pain in your jawline, neck and shoulders.
How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth During the Day?
The root causes for bruxism are not fully known. Some researchers believe that genetic factors, physical health and psychological issues may all play a role in the development of this dental condition. Type A personalities are more likely to grind their teeth. People with certain physical conditions or on some medications are also at higher risk. Younger children are most commonly affected by bruxism, but stress and intense emotions play a role in nearly all cases.
Some strategies that are effective in reducing the clenching or grinding of teeth for some of our patients include the following:
- Practicing deep relaxation techniques a few times a day, including deep breathing, listening to music and meditation
- Stopping the use of tobacco and limiting the use of caffeine and alcohol
How Can a Dental Team Help with Bruxism?
The dental professionals at Dental One Associates of Virginia can provide you with practical solutions that work to prevent damage to your teeth caused by bruxism. This may include stress-relief techniques as well as custom dental appliances designed to protect your teeth while you sleep.
What Problems Does a Custom Night Guard Fix?
Our dentists can measure and examine your teeth to create a customized dental appliance to prevent damage to your teeth while you sleep. Your custom night guard will fit over your teeth in the same way that teeth whitening trays do. However, rather than removing stains from your teeth, your dental guard will create a protective cushion between your teeth that will prevent damage caused by grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep. This will help you to protect your teeth against damage caused by bruxism.
Does It Make Sense to Wear a Teeth Protector While Sleeping?
Wearing a mouth guard during sleep is the least invasive and most practical way to address issues with grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Dental One Associates of Virginia will work with you to provide the protection you need against these issues:
- Cavities and tooth decay caused by damage to tooth enamel.
- Cracks and breaking that can occur when teeth are clenched too tightly together.
- Issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that can cause headaches and pain in the jaw
Is Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome Common?
TMJ syndrome is a condition that occurs when an injury or damage to the TMJ is present. This can be caused by grinding or clenching your teeth. By working with Dental One Associates of Virginia, you can enjoy greater comfort and a reduced risk of TMJ syndrome and its common symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort when biting, chewing or opening the mouth widely.
- Clicking noises when opening or closing your mouth.
- Pain that radiates from the jaw up to the ear, into the face or to the neck and shoulders.
- A feeling that your bite has changed.
Can a Mouth Guard Provide Relief for TMJ Pain?
A customized dental guard is an ideal solution for managing TMJ syndrome pain. At Dental One Associates of Virginia, we can take accurate impressions of your teeth and use these molds to create the mouth guard solution that suits your needs perfectly. If you are experiencing pain related to TMJ syndrome, our team will work with you to create a customized solution that will gradually correct this issue to reduce pain and to protect your teeth from the damage caused by grinding and clenching your teeth.
Why Do You Need a Custom-fitted Mouth Guard?
Unlike the over-the-counter options that may be available online or in stores, the dental guards we create are custom-made to fit your teeth, your mouth and your needs. Our dental guards are durable and practical enough to last for an extended period of time. They are precisely manufactured and fitted to your teeth, which ensures that you will enjoy the most comfortable sleep when wearing them.
What’s the Easiest Way to Get a Custom Night Guard?
Getting your custom-fitted dental guard is as simple as making an appointment with our office and seeing one of our trained and skilled dentists. We can create the right solution for you and for every member of your family.
What’s the Best Way to Manage the Cost of a Custom Mouth Guard?
If you are worried about the cost of a custom mouth guard, we can help. The staff at Dental One Associates of Virginia works with most insurance companies to deliver the best and most practical options for you and your family. We work to keep our prices affordable and to ensure that you receive the care you need when you need it most. Call us today to make your first appointment and to begin your journey to better dental health. We look forward to seeing you.