Many people grind or clench their teeth occasionally. This activity does not usually cause harm. However, when individuals grind their teeth on a regular basis, teeth can be harmed and other oral complications may occur. Teeth grinding can cause the fracturing, loosening, or even the loss of teeth. Your teeth may also wear down significantly. Teeth grinding can also cause or worsen TMJ disorders or change the appearance of your face. Teeth grinding usually occurs during sleep. You may not know that you do it because of this timing. If you have a constant, dull headache or a sore jaw when you wake up (or flattened, worn teeth), Dr. Pape or Isle Smile dentists may discuss treating teeth grinding in Key West, Florida.
If you grind your teeth at night, our dentists may recommend a night guard. This mouth guard is made specifically for your smile. Our dentists will make an impression of your smile and the mouth guard material is molded over the model. Your night guard will fit comfortably and snugly over your teeth because it is custom made. Wear your night guard while you sleep to protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of teeth grinding.
We encourage you to contact Isle Smile today to learn more and to schedule a visit.