Do you frequently wake up with severe headaches, jaw or neck pain? Have you noticed that your teeth seem particularly sensitive lately, and are unsure what could have caused the change? Do some teeth appear excessively worn at the edges, or have they even begun to chip or crack? Did you know that these could all be related to a single condition known as bruxism, which is marked by subconscious teeth grinding. This can occur especially often at night, when it is impossible for patients to stop themselves or even be aware of what they are doing, and over time it can negatively impact both one’s sleep and one’s oral health, as well. Fortunately, a general dentist can often help treat bruxism effectively through a minimally invasive treatment like an oral nightguard appliance.
What Could a Dentist Do to Help Protect Your Smile?
In order to protect the teeth, and to help improve one’s quality of sleep, dentists frequently recommend that patients suffering from bruxism wear an oral appliance to sleep. This device is similar to the kind of customized mouthguard that is often recommended during athletic events, however the sleep appliance is designed specifically to prevent the grinding of teeth against each other, subconsciously during the night. In turn, this can help to prevent further damage to the teeth, the pain associated with this repetitive motion, and it can also help improve the quality of rest, as well.
If you suspect you, or a loved one, is suffering from bruxism, schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out if an oral appliance might be able to help you.
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We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.