Welcome to the practice of Daniel Richards, DMD and his team where we provide comprehensive dental care for our patients in Vestavia Hills, Alabama! Have you been experiencing tooth problems due to night-time teeth grinding? If so, you are not alone. This common problem afflicts many people today, and according to the Bruxism Association, nearly 70% of teeth grinding while you sleep (also called bruxism), stems from stress or anxiety. Other contributing factors include sleep apnea, smoking, caffeine or alcohol consumption, or taking medications for sleep, depression, and anxiety.
Our dentist, Daniel Richards, DMD offers night guards for our patients suffering from night-time teeth grinding. You see, while there is no cure for bruxism, a night guard can protect your teeth and jaw from the destructive effects of teeth grinding. Over time, bruxism can cause the following:
— Teeth to flatten, fracture, loosen, and possible tooth loss
— Increased tooth sensitivity
— Pain from grinding to the nerve
— Gum recession
— Cause or worsen TMD (temporomandibular disorder) or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain
— Change the appearance of your face
If teeth grinding is left unchecked, the constant wear and tear can lead to a need for bridges, crowns, root canals, dental implants, partial or complete dentures (depending on the severity). A custom-made night guard created by your dentist is fitted perfectly for your bite, whether it is a full mouth guard that protects all of your teeth, or even to cover just your front teeth. Custom made night guards prevent costly repair to your teeth from the damage done by bruxism. Also, dental insurances often cover some or all of the cost of custom night guards.
Are you ready to find relief for your night-time teeth grinding? If so, Dr. Daniel Richards and his team happy to help. Please call our dedicated team at (205) 823-6300 today!