Maryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN
Do you clench or grind your teeth during the day or at night? Does your partner complain about you grinding your teeth when you sleep? If you do, your teeth and oral health could be at risk. Teeth grinding, a behavior that also is referred to as bruxism, actually can devastate your teeth and mouth if treatment is not sought. Let your local Knoxville dentist at Cedar Street Family Dentistry help by providing you with a customized mouth guard to treat your bruxism.
The consequences of bruxism
The biggest potential impact of chronic teeth grinding is the extra force that is exerted upon your teeth from this behavior. Specifically, a patient who has a severe case of bruxism may have as much as 600 pounds of force per square inch exerted on their teeth.
This force is powerful enough to destroy your teeth. In 2009, the Chicago Tribune published an article reporting that as many as 10 percent of all individuals with bruxism grind their teeth down to the nubs, requiring total reconstruction. Now, consider that, according to the American Sleep Association, approximately 10 percent of all adults in America and as many as 15 percent of children in the United States suffer from bruxism. That means that more than 30 million people in this country deal with this affliction—and that one out of every 10, or about 3 million individuals, have seen their teeth worn down to the nubs as a consequence of bruxism!
Other impacts of bruxism can include the following:
- Misaligned bite, also known as malocclusion
- Dysfunction in the jaw, possibly leading to temporomandibular joint disorder
- Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ, can cause a person chronic and even debilitating pain, impeding their ability to function on a daily basis.
What causes bruxism?
While TMJ can be caused by a case of bruxism, this disorder also can cause teeth grinding behavior.
Other potential causes of bruxism include:
- Malocclusion, aka a bad bite
- A sleep breathing disorder
All that being said, however, anxiety and stress are the most common causes of teeth grinding.
How can I receive help for my case of bruxism?
If you or someone you love is suffering from bruxism, the first step is to seek the care of a professional, experienced dentist in Maryville such as Dr. Ben Sentell at Cedar Street Family Dentistry.
Treating bruxism is simple. Your local Alcoa dentist can outfit you with a prescription-grade, custom-made mouth guard. The mouth guards available at Cedar Street Family Dentistry are of a much higher quality than the mouthpieces you may have seen available for purchase in stores. Not only are our guards made of higher-quality materials, but they also are designed from impressions of your mouth that make for a snug, comfortable fit and help ensure your mouth guard works at maximum effectiveness to prevent your bruxism from continuing to cause damage to your teeth.
Custom Mouth Guards in Maryville
If you grind your teeth, schedule a consultation with Cedar Street Family Dentistry today. Just call our Maryville office at (865) 233-7640.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry is proud to serve patients in the areas of Maryville, Alcoa, and Knoxville in East Tennessee.