Central Park, New York
30 Central Park S, #5D
New York, NY 10019
(212) 256-1292

Why Is Nighttime Teeth Grinding a Problem? July 6, 2018

Central Park, Manhattan
Why Is Nighttime Teeth Grinding a Problem?, Manhattan, New York

Bruxism, or nighttime tooth grinding, can cause a long list of dental health problems ranging from jaw pain and headaches to root resorption and tooth loss. Fortunately, you can seek treatment proactively and prevent long-term complications by spotting the symptoms early. Here is a brief guide to bruxism and how your dentist can help. 

What Is Bruxism? 

Bruxism is an incredibly common condition, affecting as many as 8% of adults. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they suffer from bruxism since it typically occurs during sleep. Patients with bruxism may struggle with worn dental enamel, unexplained tooth fractures, dental sensitivity, dull earaches, and a jaw that doesn’t open or close completely. Over time, the pressure on the teeth can damage the periodontal ligament, sparking bone loss. Since bruxism can also interfere with sleep, patients can also struggle with problems like fatigue and concentration issues. 

How Can Your Dentist Help?  

dentistEffective treatments for bruxism include personalized mouthguards designed to protect the tooth surfaces. These mouth guards are designed to cushion the teeth and take pressure off of the jaw, even if nighttime tooth grinding continues. Patients can also find relief from bruxism by focusing on stress control tactics, such as talking with a counselor, taking medication, or eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. 

Before you are fitted for a mouth guard, your dentist will ask about your lifestyle, symptoms, and preferences to create a personalized treatment plan. Dentists can also treat the damage caused by bruxism by restoring the teeth with dental crowns, dental implants, and composite resins. 

 

Don’t let nighttime teeth grinding damage your smile. If you suspect you are struggling with this potentially debilitating condition, turn to Pure Dental Care NY in Central Park South. With a commitment to exceeding patient expectations through state-of-the-art procedures, this advanced dental practice can help with everything from routine restorations to full smile makeovers. To learn more about their practice, visit their website or call (212) 256-1292 to schedule an appointment.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Pure Dental Care
Reasons to Visit the Dentist for Teeth Whitening , Manhattan, New York
Do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits are readily available at pharmacies and discount stores; while these products may be convenient, they are not as effective as profession...read more
What Can I Expect After a Root Canal?, Manhattan, New York
While the idea of getting a root canal can be intimidating, this procedure is actually quite commonplace. Dentists perform root canals to remove damaged tissues from the center of th...read more
What Parents Need to Know About Dental Sealants for Kids, Manhattan, New York
Enjoying sweets and candies is a quintessential part of being a kid. Unfortunately, sugary treats are also a leading cause of decay, which is why it’s important to practice proper de...read more
4 Easy Ways to Drink Coffee Without Staining Your Teeth, Manhattan, New York
While coffee offers many health benefits, one of its downsides is that its natural dark pigmentation stains teeth over time. Teeth whitening is effective, but only after stains are v...read more
Top 4 Dental Care Tips to Get You Through the Holidays, Manhattan, New York
With food, family, and festivities the holidays are a fun time of year. But, all of those schedule disruptions and tempting sweets and foods can cause a dip in your teeth cleani...read more