Ways to reduce the damage caused by bruxism

Dental Hygiene | John Highsmith At the practice of Dr. John Highsmith, Clyde, NC area patients can obtain quality care for a wide variety of dental and oral health concerns. This includes patients who have a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that causes a patient to experience tightening, clenching, and grinding of the teeth at night while they sleep. Patients who have bruxism may have a range of symptoms, including sore jaw muscles in the morning, chronic headaches and migraines, and unwanted wear and tear on their natural teeth and dental restorations. In order to address this condition, many patients will find that the use of a specialized mouthguard can protect the smile.

Reducing bruxism damage

When patients clench and grind their teeth together, they will often notice that their natural teeth break or wear down, becoming sensitive or damaged. Additionally, this condition can cause patients to experience soreness in their jaw muscles that can extend throughout the day, especially during periods of high stress. To reduce damage caused by bruxism, oral appliances can help. Dr. John Highsmith will often recommend the use of a special mouth guard that is worn while patients sleep. This mouthguard is made of a thick plastic that keeps the condition from causing unwanted tension and rubbing of the teeth. This, in turn, can reduce stress on the jaw joint, helping to reduce the risk of conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder from occurring. The mouth guard protects the teeth and restorations from unwanted damage in a non-invasive, affordable manner. To fully protect the teeth, patients should wear their mouthguard every night as directed, and use during the day if bruxism is present during waking hours.

Call Dr. John Highsmith today!

Clyde, NC patients who are interested in protecting their smiles from bruxism are encouraged to call our team at (828) 627-9282 and visit us at 78 Nelson Street. Dr. John Highsmith and his team are committed to ensuring patients have access to the solutions they need to have a healthy, beautiful smile for life. Request a visit and take the time to speak to us about your dental care needs.

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