Stop Teeth Wear from Grinding Today with Custom-made Nightguards
It’s very common for people to grind or clench their teeth. This dental condition, known as bruxism, typically doesn’t lead to any significant health problems. However, if you grind your teeth regularly, it can cause significant irreversible damage to your natural teeth, which can cause oral health complications.
At Alpine Family Dental, we offer effective treatments to address this issue and prevent further damage to your natural smile. If you suspect you may have bruxism, all you need is a short visit to Alpine Family Dental, where Dr. Evan Olson will take a digital impression of your mouth to help create a custom nightguard for teeth grinding that can help prevent damage to your teeth.
Understanding Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can be triggered by stress or anxiety and frequently happens during sleep. Oftentimes, it can be linked to an irregular bite, crooked or missing teeth, neck issues, medication side effects, or even sleep-related breathing disorders like sleep apnea. As bruxism typically occurs while sleeping, many individuals are unaware they’re grinding their teeth.
Waking up with a persistent, dull headache or a sore jaw can be a tell-tale sign of bruxism. In many instances, loved ones notice teeth grinding at night and bring it to the person’s attention. If you think you might be grinding your teeth, consult Dr. Olson, who can check for symptoms like jaw tenderness and excessive tooth wear.
Left untreated, chronic teeth grinding can lead to fractured or loosened teeth which may lead to tooth loss. Grinding can wear teeth down, leaving minimal tooth structure, necessitating dental treatments such as crowns, bridges, implants, root canals, and partial or complete dentures. Severe grinding damages teeth and can also affect your jaws, exacerbate or cause TMD/TMJ issues, and even alter your facial appearance. Thankfully a custom nightguard for clenching and grinding can help.
Not Your Average Dental OfficeAt Alpine Family Dentistry, our patients deserve more than cold, impersonal dental service. We believe in a culture of dental care based on cherished small-town values such as love, compassion, and going the extra mile for our patients—call (406) 393-8877 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Olson.