Bruxism, a chronic condition which involves the clenching or grinding of teeth, affects somewhere between 30 and 40 million Americans. Because the chronic clenching typically occurs during bedtime hours, it often goes unnoticed for years, until its effects on the teeth, jaws, or facial muscles begin to become more pronounced. At North Shore Professional Dental Care PLLC, our experienced dentist is prepared to screen for a sweeping range of dental conditions, from oral cancer, gum disease, and cavities, to the telltale signs of bruxism. If you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, we offer Glen Cove night guards, specially designed to grind your bruxism habit to a halt throughout the night.
Over time, untreated bruxism can have deleterious effects on your oral health. Chronic grinding can result in unusual wear spots on the teeth and even lead to the breaking of restorative fillings or dental crowns. Bruxism can also contribute to the development of TMJ in some cases. TMJ is an uncomfortable jaw-joint disorder that requires additional therapy to treat. Beyond effects directly to your teeth and jaws, bruxism can also lead to muscle tension throughout the face, head and neck. Some research suggests that chronic muscle tension in the dentomandibular complex has the potential to cause headaches and neck pain. Skilled and experienced in all facets of care, our dentist is well equipped to diagnose and effectively treat bruxism before it gets any worse. By providing a custom fabricated set of Glen Cove night guards, your jaws can be held at a safe distance apart while you sleep, completely eliminating the possibility of grinding. Tailor-made by your dentist, night guards are designed to fit safely and comfortably throughout the night.
If you believe that you’re suffering from bruxism, plan on scheduling an appointment with our dentist to find out if Glen Cove night guards are right for you. To get started, contact our helpful staff today!
3 School St # 201
Glen Cove, NY 11542