Your Dentist Epping at Rawson Dental is used to seeing the general wear and tear that our teeth suffer throughout our lives. Our teeth work so hard for us, even if we have minimal tooth decay or haven’t received blows to our teeth.
Some people add to this general wear and tear at night-time by clenching their jaws and grinding their teeth together as they sleep. Most likely, they are completely unaware of doing this, and, in any case, how can they control it while they are sleeping? This is a regrettable situation as the tooth damage can be extensive over time, and the underlying tension must be unpleasant.
If your partner tells you about hearing the noise from this, please discuss the situation with your Dentist Epping. Untreated, the hard enamel protective surface of your teeth can be breached – which makes decay more likely. Your teeth can suffer hairline fractures – which also makes decay and chipping more likely.
Of course, if your dentist suspects this from observing generalized wear and tear or hairline fractures on your teeth during a checkup, he or she will certainly raise the issue.
In both cases, the dentist will first deal with any obvious damage caused by the teeth grinding, and then, for long term prevention of further problems, suggest you are fitted with a night guard to protect your teeth from then on.
The night guard is a hard barrier inserted between your upper and lower teeth when you go to bed. It is custom made to fit your teeth precisely. It does not stop the clenching and grinding movements originating in your bottom jaw, but it prevents potential damage. This means that you will be saved much dental inconvenience and expense over the years. Your oral health will be much better – which your Dentist Epping will be delighted to see.
Night guards are also known to reduce muscle tension and stabilize teeth alignment. Both these are desirable, added benefits.
In addition to having the night guard fitted, it would also be a good idea to investigate relaxation techniques to find one that suits you so you can learn to lessen the muscle tension as much as possible. That will enhance your overall comfort and health.