The “most wonderful time of the year” can also bring with it lots of stress.
Trying to fit work parties, gatherings with family and friends, and finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list can leave you feeling drained.
That stress can manifest in a lot of ways, including clenching and grinding your teeth. Many people do this in their sleep, but that doesn’t change the effect that it has on you and your oral health.
You can stop your teeth grinding. Come to our Tigard, OR dental practice to talk to our team about how to solve your situation.
Call 503-210-9802 to set up a consultation at Premier Dental and Implants.
Take It Seriously
Taking action to prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep can pay off in a number of ways:
- Better sleep
- Waking up without jaw pain
- Waking up without headaches
- Preventing wear and tear on your teeth
- Ending jaw stiffness
- Stopping facial pain
- Preventing neck and upper back pain
Clenching your teeth together certainly hurts your oral health. It can wear down the enamel of your teeth, which can lead to increased sensitivity. Over time, this makes you more likely to develop cavities and a gum disease.
The pressure from grinding or clenching can also lead teeth to crack or break. As a result, you may need crowns or be at risk of a tooth infection.
As we noted above, stress can increase the amount of grinding you do. However, it isn’t the only cause. You may have alignment issues with your teeth or jaw that make you more prone to this behavior.
By treating your condition, you can live with less pain. You can eat without problems, and you can get the rest you need when you go to sleep at night.
How Treatment Helps
To reduce the side effects of teeth grinding, it’s best to stop the grinding itself. To do that, we can make a custom nightguard for you to wear.
Your custom nightguard is molded to fit your teeth. This makes it more comfortable to wear while you sleep than the kinds of guards you can find in stores.
This kind of nightguard serves as a physical barrier that prevents you from grinding your teeth together. It also helps maintain your jaw in a more relaxed position. This can reduce the strain on the muscles around your jaw, which makes you less likely to have facial, neck, and upper back pain.
Act Now to Start Feeling Better
You already know that grinding and clenching your teeth is a bad thing. The longer this goes on, the more likely you are to experience oral and systemic health issues. This can lead to costly treatments to restore your smile, too.
You can get relief from our team in Tigard, OR. Don’t risk making the problem worse by letting it go.