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Chronic stress can sometimes lead to grinding your teeth unconsciously, or even while you sleep, a condition known as bruxism. The intense clenching and grinding each night can place your teeth at increased risk for chips and dental fractures. In some of these cases, bruxism can also compromise dental work and aggravate the symptoms of TMJ disorder.

If you can’t immediately address the underlying cause of stress of other complications, a dental guard might be able to reduce your chances of suffering problems connected with untreated bruxism. it is a soft mouthpiece that is designed to cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth while you sleep. The dental guard will also allow for a small degree of slippage between your upper and lower teeth to reduce the overall tension in your temporomandibular joints. If you aren’t happy with the units sold in retail outlets, our dentist, Dr. Charles Peter might be able to provide you with a custom dental guard. This removable dental appliance can provide you with a custom fit designed to match the unique shape of your teeth. This can provide you with maximum comfort while sleeping and still protect your teeth from damage.

If you live in the Clearwater, Florida, area and you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should call 727-785-7202 to set up a consultation for a dental guard at Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL.