Bruxism treatment saves smiles

Modern life is stressful! It can (literally) have you grinding teeth at night, with a devastating impact on your smile and oral comfort. Bruxism treatment is one of the most satisfying services provided by Drs. Gary and Scott Pearl, because they see the incredibly positive effect it has on the quality of life for their patients at Pearl Dental Care in Hamden, Connecticut.

Lady wearing a nightguard

Understanding bruxism causes

The term “bruxism” comes from the Greek word “brukhein,” which means to gnash the teeth. A bruxer usually begins by clenching teeth in early sleep stages, then may grind side-to-side or front-to-back. Anxiety and stress are significant factors, but bruxism may also be triggered by malocclusion (abnormal bite), misalignment (crooked teeth), or sleep apnea.

For a bruxer, bite force during sleep can significantly exceed maximum voluntary bite force during daytime. That dramatically accelerates wear on the tooth structures and may cause chips, fractures, and breakage. It can also damage nerves and roots and cause gums to recede. Without treatment, bruxism usually results in future dental work such as root canal therapy and crowns.

Meanwhile, you may suffer from:

  • Morning headaches or migraines
  • Chronic sore jaw
  • TMJ problems
  • Facial pain
  • Indentations in the tongue
  • Noticeably worn-down teeth
  • Bite problems
  • Hypersensitivity to hot or cold temperature or sweets

An adequately fitted bruxism mouthguard helps you stop grinding teeth at night.

How patients in Hamden, Connecticut benefit from bruxism treatment

A dental nightguard slips over teeth and is worn during sleep. Drs. Gary and Scott Pearl take impressions of your mouth to design a custom-fit appliance fabricated at a professional dental laboratory. It stays snugly in place and feels comfortable. The thermoplastic material serves as a direct cushion between teeth and helps to spread bite force evenly over dentition. It relieves strain on the jaw joints, as well. Just as important, the device enables you to develop a healthy “mouth open/lips closed” at-rest oral posture.

A quality nightguard resists bite-through for years of use. It is barely noticeable, and you can speak and drink water with it inserted. The appliance is easy to clean with a soft toothbrush and mild toothpaste and quite portable for travel.Rest your mouth as well as your body during sleep, with bruxism treatment from Drs. Gary and Scott Pearl at Pearl Dental Care in Hamden, Connecticut. Call us at (203) 285-8245 to schedule an appointment. We accept new and existing patients from New Haven, North Haven, Woodbridge, East Haven, Cheshire, and Wallingford, CT.