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Posted on: November 2, 2020
Are Cracked Teeth on the Rise?
Numerous anecdotal reports from dentists have indicated that patients are experiencing higher incidents of damage caused by grinding and clenching their teeth in recent months. This may be attributable to the added stress that pandemic restrictions and other issues related to the COVID-19 virus outbreak may be placing on people across the United States and around the world. Finding the right dental team to address these issues and to prevent further problems with grinding or clenching teeth is a solid step in the right direction.
The dental professionals working at Dental One Associates of Georgia can provide you with the care and the customized solutions you need to achieve the best possible results.
Is Bruxism a Common Problem?
Bruxism is defined as the habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth, especially at night. Finding ways to address this problem and to prevent the potential damage to your teeth can help you manage this problem more efficiently and can ensure the best outcomes for you and your family. By taking steps to correct this issue, you can promote the healthiest teeth and the most beautiful smiles for many years to come.
Some of the most serious risk factors for bruxism include the following:
- Having a more intense or Type A personality
- Experiencing stress or frustration
- Dealing with health conditions like Parkinson’s disease, sleep apnea or epilepsy
- Using tobacco, alcohol and caffeine
- Taking certain medications for psychiatric conditions
Younger children are also at higher risk for grinding or clenching their teeth. Working with our dental team is one of the best ways to address these issues and to protect teeth from the damaging effects of bruxism, which may include damage to tooth enamel and disorders of the joints and muscles of the jaw.
How Can I Prevent Grinding My Teeth During the Day?
Some of the most helpful tips for preventing bruxism during the day include the following:
- Reducing your caffeine intake
- Smoking less or stopping smoking altogether
- Practicing stress relief techniques like yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises
How Can a Dental Team Help?
At Dental One Associates of Georgia, we can provide you with practical guidance in selecting the most effective treatment options to repair teeth that have been damaged because of bruxism. We can also provide you with a custom night guard that can prevent further damage to your teeth and jaw in the future.
What Is a Custom Night Guard?
A custom night guard is a dental appliance that is designed to fit your teeth and to be worn at night. Much like dental whitening trays, these mouth guards cover your teeth and provide a secure fit that allows them to remain in place even when you tighten or clench your jaw or grind your teeth. Your night guard provides a protective cushion that prevents your teeth from damaging each other during the night. This device can also sometimes realign your jaw to reduce the headaches and pain associated with misalignments in this area.
Why Wear a Teeth Protector While You Sleep?
During the night, you may grind or clench your teeth without ever knowing it. Your dental guard will prevent this from causing cracked or damaged teeth. By working with Dental One Associates of Georgia, you can also reduce the risk of temporomandibular joint syndrome, more commonly referred to as TMJ syndrome.
What Are the Signs of TMJ Syndrome?
TMJ syndrome occurs when the muscles or joints of the jaw are injured or become misaligned. This can lead to the following symptoms:
- Pain and swelling in the jaw, face, neck or shoulders
- Clicking noises in the jaw when opening or closing your mouth
- Discomfort while chewing or biting down
- A feeling of stiffness in the jaw when speaking or eating
Some of our patients also report that they have severe headaches, especially upon awakening.
Can a Mouth Guard Provide Relief for Jaw Pain?
In many cases, wearing a properly fitted night guard can reduce or eliminate TMJ pain. These devices can be used to provide gradual support for realigning your jaw and reducing tension in your neck, shoulders and face.
Why Select a Custom-fitted Mouth Guard?
Custom-fitted dental guards are superior to over-the-counter options in several important ways. They are more durable and are less likely to slip out of place during the night, which is important for your safety. Grinding your teeth without a dental guard in place can increase your risk of cavities and damage to your teeth. Our dental team can help you to obtain the customized night guard you need to achieve the best results.
Is There an Easy Way to Get a Custom Night Guard?
Our dental team will be happy to work with you to create a customized dental guard that is precisely right for your teeth and your needs. At Dental One Associates of Georgia, we are committed to the highest standards of excellence in the dental profession and will help you find the right solution for yourself and for your family.
What Is the Best Way to Manage the Cost of a Bruxism Mouth Guard?
At our dental practice, we take pride in offering affordable dental services in Atlanta. We work with you to determine the best approach for your dental care needs and for your budget. In many cases, custom dental guards are covered at least in part by insurance. This can significantly reduce the cost of these dental appliances for you and your family.
We also accept most dental plans. Our team will work with your insurance provider to make sure that as much of the cost is covered as possible. This can provide you with added help in managing the expense of dental care and can help you and your family avoid the damage caused by grinding and clenching your teeth at night.
Give us a call today to discuss your dental care needs and to schedule an appointment or initial consultation with the experienced dentists in Dental One Associates of Georgia. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you now and in the future.