Guard Your Teeth Against Grinding

Bruxism involves the chronic grinding of your teeth, often while you sleep, and when left unaddressed, it can lead to increasingly worse wear and damage to your teeth. Because it often occurs at night, you might experience it for years before realizing there’s a problem to address. In fact, you may not notice it on your own or at all until your dentist detects the signs during a routine checkup appointment. Those signs often include excessively worn down teeth surfaces, damage such as chips and cracks, and more – all of which can affect your bite function and lead to increasingly worth discomfort.

Diagnosing your bruxism

Besides discomfort and a change to how your bite feels, you might also be made aware of bruxism if you sleep with a partner who complains of the noise at night. In any case, the first step to officially diagnosing your bruxism is to undergo a professional examination. Common signs that can warn you to schedule an examination include:

  • Increasingly worse tooth sensitivity
  • Pain and sensitivity in your facial muscles
  • A change in how your bite feels
  • Grinding your teeth during the day
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Chronic headaches (especially in the morning)
  • Jaw pain and dysfunction
  • And more

Designing your custom appliance

If you do have bruxism, the most appropriate solution may be a custom oral appliance, which can be designed to protect your teeth while you sleep. You can wear the guard comfortably throughout the night, resting assured that your teeth will not be able to clench and grind against each other. For optimal comfort and results, we’ll design your appliance using advanced 3D imaging technology, such as CBCT scanning. The digital imaging technology allows us to precisely measure your teeth and oral structures, and create an appliance according to the 3D model.

Customized treatment for bruxism

Grinding your teeth constantly can create several different problems with your oral health. With a custom bruxism appliance, you can protect your teeth and prevent such problems. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Delightful Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, at 816-942-7669. We proudly serve patients and families who live in South Kansas City, Leawood, Overland Park, Johnson County, and all nearby communities.