Bruxism is the technical term used to describe grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis. For most adults, bruxism results from unmanaged chronic stress, though certain other medical conditions can also be a factor.
The tension and unnatural forces applied to your teeth during grinding, can create chips and fractures in your tooth enamel. Even if the chip doesn’t cause you immediate pain, it creates an environment perfect for harboring a new area of tooth decay.
At the same time, the tension placed on muscles, ligaments, and the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw, can lead to TMJ disorder.
Sleeping with a quality night guard in your mouth allows some slip between your teeth. This helps mitigate inflammation and soreness caused by the tension of grinding and clenching the jaw. It also offers modest padding to prevent chips and fractures tooth enamel.
Many people seeking to address bruxism issues find that the generic night guards sold in stores fit uncomfortably and can sometimes cause them to drool. This can actually cause new issues with sleep quality and sometimes drives people to stop wearing the night guard.
Fortunately, Dr. Maral Seroon can fit you with a custom night guard that conforms to the natural shape of your teeth for maximum comfort and protection. The soft plastic material shields and protects your teeth while reducing the friction between biting surfaces to help relax muscle tension in the jaw.
If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should call Dr. Maral Seroon’s office in Norristown, Pennsylvania at 484-704-7675 to explore your night guard options.