Compulsive grinding of the teeth, especially at night while sleeping, is known as- Bruxism- and effects between 10-15% of adults (and children) and can lead to a host of unpleasant side effects such as:
- Chronic soreness and jaw pain
- Mild and/or severe headaches
- Tooth pain and/or deterioration of tooth enamel
- In severe cases, loosening or chipping of the teeth
The cause or causes of this destructive habit are numerous and almost always difficult to address but one of the more common ways to alleviate sustained damage to the tooth enamel is through regular use of a custom night guard to protect the teeth from the damage that can occur as a result of constant, regular grinding of the teeth.
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At Bright Smiles Honolulu we urge all of our patients to schedule a full exam and consultation to directly address any and all of the problems that may occur from excessive grinding. A custom fitted night guard, designed by our team of technicians and fitted by our team specialists, is one of the most frequently used prevention treatments and we do urge patients suffering from this condition to avail themselves of our services. A custom-fitted night guard can provide relief from both chronic pain and ongoing tooth damage until a more proactive solution can be employed. This can often mean addressing issues of misalignment that can occur as a result of the condition and can sometimes lead to more intensive dental solutions.
At Bright Smiles Honolulu, we’re proud to offer a full range of services and equally proud to formulate the best plan for you and yours when dealing with any ongoing oral health situation.
Call us today and come in for a pain free consultation.