When you think of mouth guards, you may picture generic plastic trays that protect your teeth during sports activities. At the office of Joel R. Koch, DDS, we do offer customized sports guards, but we can also use other special types of mouth guards to control teeth grinding, also referred to as bruxism or bruxing.
Occasional teeth grinding is not unusual and is often associated with stress. However, some people experience chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) that leads to painful symptoms like head and neck pain, the abnormal wearing of teeth, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (often abbreviated to either TMJ or TMD).
Are the uncomfortable symptoms of teeth grinding disrupting your life? If so, we encourage you to contact our West Chester dental office. In many cases, people grind their teeth during sleep without realizing it. Using impressions of your teeth, we will create a customized night guard that is highly effective for reducing chronic teeth grinding and its symptoms.
After a thorough examination by Dr. Koch, we can determine the probable cause of your teeth grinding. In general, chronic teeth grinding may be the result of:
A misaligned dental bite can alter your dental bite and result in excessive force being placed on one side of your mouth. In this case, it’s impossible to bite down evenly on all teeth, causing your jaw to shift out of its normal position to bring the rest of your teeth together.
This causes you to clench or grind your teeth on that side of your mouth and puts constant, excessive force on the teeth, jaw joint, and surrounding muscles. This is why you experience head and neck pain.
Unfortunately, dental injuries are often a consequence of playing sports—contact with hard surfaces, collisions with other players, and falls can all lead to dental trauma. Estimates indicate that close to 40% of dental trauma occurs during sports, and 80% of these injuries affect at least one of the front teeth. When you look at these statistics, it’s easy to see how important it is to protect your family's teeth with a mouth guard during athletic activities.
Since we use impressions of your teeth, our athletic mouth guards are much more effective than generic guards purchased over-the-counter. They’re also made of a much more rigid material, and the result is superior protection for you and your children.
If you’re bothered by teeth grinding or you just need a high-quality sports guard to keep your family’s teeth safe and healthy, please call our West Chester dental office. Dr. Koch and our team look forward to helping you get the relief you need!