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At the dental practice of Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL in Clearwater, Florida, we are pleased to offer bite guards for our patients who grind their teeth during their sleep. Since there is no actual “cure” for bruxism–night-time teeth grinding and clenching–wearing a bite guard will protect your teeth and jaws from the highly destructive effects of teeth grinding. This is important, because with time, bruxism can cause the following to happen to your smile:

— Gum recession.

— Increased tooth sensitivity.

— Pain from grinding to the tooth’s nerve.

— Teeth to flatten, fracture, loosen, and possible tooth loss.

— Cause or worsen TMD (temporomandibular disorder) or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain.

— Change the appearance of your face.

Nearly 70% of teeth grinding and clenching during sleep stems from stress or anxiety, according to the Bruxism Association. Other contributing factors include sleep apnea, smoking, caffeine, alcohol, or taking medications for sleep, depression, and anxiety. A custom-made bite guard made by your dentist is designed specifically to fit your bite comfortably. Custom made bite guards prevent costly repair to your teeth from the damage done by bruxism, because if left untreated, the constant wear and tear on your teeth and jaw can lead to more invasive and costly treatment down the road–such as bridges, crowns, root canals, dental implants, or dentures. Often dental insurances cover some or all of the cost of custom bite guards.

So if you are worried that your smile is being ruined by your night-time teeth grinding and clenching, Dr. Charles A. Peter and our team in Clearwater, Florida, are glad to help. For more information, or to schedule a visit with our team, please call us at 727-785-7202 today!