Unresolved stress can sometimes result in the unconscious grinding of one’s teeth while sleeping. This may mean that you may develop acute and chronic problems with your teeth as well as the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that hinge your jaw.
The tremendous pressure created by clamping and gnashing your teeth can cause minor dental fractures, worn tooth enamel, loose dental fillings and even new cavities. The tension in your jaw muscles and its surrounding tissue can result in the inflammation and excess wear and tear on the cartilage around your jaw joints. In time this amplifies your risk of suffering TMJ disorder and early onset arthritis.
Wearing a night guard in your mouth while you sleep will help cushion the biting surfaces while also allowing some slip. This can help prevent damage to your teeth and reduce the pressure on your temporomandibular joints.
If you find the dental guards sold in stores to be uncomfortable, you might want to try booking a consultation at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz in Studio City, California. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz and our dental staff can fit you with a custom dental guard. This mouthpiece will conform to the unique shape of your bite to fit comfortably while you sleep. Just call 818-641-5577 to schedule a consultation today!