Custom-Made Appliances for Bruxism
One of the most important aspects of continuously good dental health is keeping your natural tooth structure strong and healthy. Good hygiene does this by removing harmful oral bacteria that could erode your tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. However, your toothbrush and floss can’t protect your teeth from the damage that results from grinding against each other. Known as bruxism, chronic teeth-grinding (especially at night) affects millions of patients in the U.S. When left untreated, it can be the cause of severe dental concerns, stemming mainly from tooth wear and damage. In many cases, bruxism and its related dangers to your oral health can be addressed with a custom-designed oral appliance, which you can wear at night to protect your teeth while you sleep.
Treating the Cause of Your Bruxism
The goal of a bruxism appliance is to protect your teeth from damage due to grinding and to help your jaws rest comfortably while you sleep. This helps alleviate the stress on your jaws that often leads to chronic teeth-grinding. However, depending on the cause of your bruxism, your dentist might also recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you stop grinding your teeth. For instance, if your bruxism is caused by an imbalance in your bite’s alignment, you may need to correct that alignment with customized clear aligners.
Get Help to Stop Grinding Your Teeth
When left untreated, bruxism can become one of the biggest threats to your healthy tooth structure and overall oral health. To learn how a custom-designed appliance can help you avoid those threats, schedule a consultation by calling Hillsview Dental in Rapid City, SD, today at 605-342-6652.