If you regularly grind or clench your teeth, you could have bruxism, a condition that can lead to serious dental issues, including:
Although bruxism can stem from various causes, including alcohol and tobacco use, it most often correlates with stress. Even though you might not be consciously aware of clenching your teeth during the day, you could be doing it while you sleep.
During your exam, Dr. Koo looks for the signs and symptoms of this condition and determines if you're a good candidate for a mouth guard.
A mouth guard can help relieve the symptoms of bruxism by alleviating pressure on your jaw and preventing damage to your teeth from grinding.
Dr. Koo makes an exact impression of your teeth and uses this to make a plaster mold. From this, the manufacturer fabricates a highly durable mouth guard made from hard acrylic or similar materials. When it's ready, Dr. Koo places it in your mouth and ensures it's a proper fit.
For best results, you should insert the mouth guard when you go to bed, and remove it upon waking in the morning.
Because bruxism's causes are still mysterious, it's difficult to estimate how long you might have to use your mouth guard.
Stress and other health conditions can aggravate the problem, so there could be periods when your bruxism is more intense. By contrast, relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or even just relaxing with a good book at bedtime can help manage symptoms.
When you come in for an evaluation, Dr. Koo recommends self-care strategies that can help you get maximum benefit from your mouth guard.
If left untreated, bruxism can severely impact your oral health. Call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Catherine Koo at Dentistry in Frisco to get fitted for a custom-made mouth guard.
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