If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, it can pose several different threats to your mouth. The tension on your jaw can cause alignment issues and increases your chances of developing TMJ disorder. Additionally, the force of grinding your teeth can cause chips and fractures on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay issues as well as other complications.
If you grind your teeth at night you might want to try wearing a night guard when you sleep to help prevent further problems. Many people complain that the night guards available in stores can be uncomfortable and lead to excess saliva production. This can actually cause new issues with sleep quality and sometimes drives people to stop wearing the night guard.
Fortunately, Dr. Nicole Richardson can fit you for a custom night guard that conforms to the natural shape of your teeth and jaw 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 on a regular basis, you should call Dr. Nicole Richardson at (972) 317-1406 to discuss your prevention and treatment options.