Portrait of old man smilingIf you wake up each day with a constant soreness in the muscles of your face feeling tired, a nightly grinding habit may be the culprit. By speaking with your dentist, you can discover if you exhibit the symptoms of bruxism, the chronic wearing down of your teeth. While you can detect and correct other oral habits during your waking hours, bruxism can go on for years undetected. By taking steps to correct it, you can help prevent serious damage to your oral health.

At your Riverside, CA, dental practice, we can design an appliance to help you stop wearing down your teeth while you sleep. This can help treat or prevent another condition called TMJ, a painful disorder of the temporomandibular joint. By wearing a BPA-free mouth guard, custom-fitted to your unique bite, you can protect your teeth while relieving the pounds of force that stress your joints each night. Without treatment, these conditions can cause problems with the alignment of your bite and increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, so we encourage talking to us about a non-surgical solution for bruxism!

Taking Steps To Identify Your Grinding Problem

Because this habit happens when you are unconscious, you may need to rely on others to help you detect it. Consider asking a family member or loved one to watch over you while you sleep. They may be able to hear the sounds of your teeth gnashing or even notice movement in your jaw and cheeks. By attending your regular dental checkups, you also receive an opportunity for us to examine damage on your back molars. When this happens, we can discuss your options for putting an end to your habit and beginning to repair your smile.

The Valuable Protection Of An Oral Guard

We can design an oral appliance to wear at night that fits neatly between each row of teeth. By separating your teeth from touching, they no longer wear down your enamel while you sleep. Because each bite is unique, we will take impressions of your smile to enhance the comfort of your treatment.

Learn More About Oral Appliance Therapy For TMJ And Bruxism

If you believe you may be grinding your teeth at night, reach out to our team to help provide a solution. To learn more about how an oral appliance helps you to treat bruxism and TMJ, give us a call and speak with our team at one of our six locations!

Find us at:

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA, at (951) 776-9001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA, at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA, at (951) 697-6800.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA, at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA, at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA, at (951) 273-9580.