At The Tooth Fairy Dentistry, our dentists in Oakville understand that there are many factors that can contribute to degrading your oral health, and most of them can go unnoticed. Many people may clench or grind their teeth throughout the day, but also often at night. Grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, has the risk of causing damage to your oral health.
This can be through a variety of methods, but it poses the risk of causing damage to dental restorations such as crowns or fillings. However, this can also cause issues such as tooth sensitivity by wearing down the enamel on areas that are in frequent contact. A night guard is designed to discourage grinding with the aim of preventing further damage to the teeth through bruxism.
However, bruxism also has the risk of causing issues extending out of the mouth. It is possible for bruxism to cause headaches or neck pain, as well as leading to issues such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. In addition to the symptoms that are caused by sensation, you may notice the results of bruxism by increased stress on the gums.
You may even be grinding without knowing, since it happens often at night, then your partner (if applicable) may also be unaware if they are asleep. In addition, it is possible for a patient to grind without making noticeable noise.
At The Tooth Fairy Dentistry, our Oakville dentists will be more than happy to work with you to discuss treatment options and help recommend occlusal mouthwear if necessary. We feel that prevention can help oral health more than dealing with issues as they arise.
If you are interested in receiving more information from our Oakville dental clinic, contact us today or request an appointment online. We are also open on Saturdays to offer you a convenient option in how you address your dental needs.