Studies indicate that up to 30% of adults will grind or clench their teeth while they are asleep. This can have several negative effects on a patient. Sleep is definitely less restful, tension headaches may develop, and painful consequences may develop in the teeth, gums, bone, and the temporomandibular joint (commonly called the TMJ). If this practice can be corrected in the early stages, it is possible to avoid much discomfort and damage.
This habit of grinding/clenching the teeth can typically be solved through the use of a bite guard. The stock guards that can be purchased at a local department store will not be nearly as comfortable or effective as the custom guard that your dentist can create for you.
Your dentists at Stovall Dental can help you eliminate the grinding and clenching of your teeth with a custom-fit bite guard. The first step is for your dentist to make an impression of your teeth. That impression is sent out to a lab which molds a guard that is specifically suited for your teeth. These guards consist of a soft, flexible plastic mold. You will wear it while you are asleep in order to protect your teeth as well as your tongue, cheek, and lips. Because it is custom-molded, it will provide a comfortable fit that will conform to the individual requirements of your teeth and mouth.