Many patients are unaware that they are experiencing issues when they sleep that can impact their oral health and wellness. Conditions such as clenching and grinding can contribute to problems such as worn or broken natural teeth and restorations. Additionally, this condition, called bruxism, can cause patients to experience muscle tension and pain in the jaw area and may be a symptom of a more concerning problem such as temporomandibular joint disorder. In this situation, Hamilton, ON area patients may benefit from using a mouthguard for clenching and grinding teeth while they sleep at night.
Bruxism is a condition that is often a result of higher levels of stress. This condition causes patients to unknowingly clench and grind their teeth while they sleep. The tension caused by bruxism can cause the teeth to become worn or broken and may result in continually broken restorations such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns. Without proper treatment, patients may experience continued dental problems and may spend hundreds of dollars on services each year.
Bruxism is often not a conscious behavior. Instead, it can be a result of increased tension and stress in one’s life. Unfortunately, managing stress may not always reduce bruxism, which is the point in which patients need to find a solution to protecting their smile if bruxism continues. Mouthguards are one of the most effective ways to reduce the tension caused by bruxism and protect the teeth and gums from damage. When patients wear their mouthguard each night, they are proactively ensuring they have good oral health and are taking care of their smile appropriately. With the use of mouthguards, patients will also reduce the cost of their dental work each year.
If you experience bruxism at night when you sleep and are seeking a solution that can be used in protecting the smile, call Dr. Karen Ho and her team at Dentistry on Parkdale in Hamilton, ON, to discuss your options. Call 905-547-4940 to request a visit and take time to learn about the damage that can be caused by clenching and grinding of the teeth.
Dr. Karen Ho is a trusted dentist serving patients of all ages in Hamilton, Ontario. Having studied at prestigious institutes such as McMaster University and University of Toronto and trained at Hartford Hospital (General Practice Residency), she opened her private practice in 2003.
Dr. Ho is committed to lifelong learning as she believes that she can serve her community better by constantly updating herself. She is affiliated with many professional organisations like the Academy of General Dentistry, Institute for Clinical Practice of Pediatric Dentistry, The Dawson Academy Study Club, Niagara Peninsula Dental Diagnostic Study Club, Hamilton Chapter of the Seattle Study Club (Founding Member), and Boston and Tufts Universities.