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Bruxism, or teeth grinding, occurs mostly when sleeping. It does not affect everyone, but for those who have it, they may be completely unaware that they do. It can be a devastating disorder because it literally wears down your teeth, weakens the dental enamel, and can even cause extensive damage or tooth loss if not treated. While stress is a contributing factor to bruxism, there is a noninvasive method of protecting your teeth that you can obtain from your Nashville dentist, Dr. Brian Devine at Devine Dentistry.
What causes bruxism?
While stress is a huge risk factor for bruxism, it certainly is not the only one. Other causes of bruxism may include alcohol consumption, drug use, genetic inheritances, sleep arousal patterns or sleep apnea, smoking, or neuropsychological disturbances. The causes of bruxism are widespread, and in some cases completely unknown. The goal, however, is to protect the teeth from damage.
The fact of the matter is that you probably are aware that you grind your teeth while sleeping. Usually, people who do will eventually notice that they experience headaches upon waking up, have tender or sore jaw joints, or may notice their teeth look flat on the top. In severe cases, bruxism results in grinding your teeth so much that there is nothing left but tiny nubs! The goal of treatment is to prevent your case of bruxism from reaching this degree of tooth damage.
How is bruxism treated?
Bruxism can easily be treated by wearing a custom-made oral appliance crafted by your dentist in Nashville, Dr. Brian Devine at Devine Dentistry. The purpose of this oral appliance is to fit comfortably in the mouth, and over your teeth, as it absorbs the brunt of additional force exerted as you clench and grind your teeth. Worn mostly at night while sleeping, and sometimes during the day for severe cases, the oral appliance gets worn down instead of your teeth. This does mean, however, that your oral appliance will eventually need to be replaced, a small price to pay to protect your teeth.
My teeth are already damaged from bruxism, what are my options?
Each case is different, but if your teeth are already damaged by the devastating effects of bruxism, your cosmetic dentist in Nashville, Dr. Devine, can provide you with a full mouth makeover to revamp your entire smile. From crowns to veneers and even tooth replacement options such as dental bridges or implants, Devine Dentistry offers a variety of cosmetic dental procedures that can transform your smile.
Repairing your smile also means that we need to protect your new investment. If you plan on receiving cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile, and you suffer from bruxism, we recommend a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage in the future.
Mouthguards for Bruxism in Nashville
If you would like to learn more about how to protect your teeth from bruxism or schedule an appointment for a custom-made nightguard, contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.
Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.