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Are Cracked Teeth on the Rise?

According to The New York Times, many dentists are reporting a sharp increase in the number of cases of cracked and broken teeth among their patients. The culprit in these cases may be stress related to the coronavirus pandemic. Many families and individuals have experienced added anxiety and stress related to fears about contracting COVID-19, new restrictions related to the virus and financial problems linked to the general slowdown in the economy. Stress can increase the frequency and the severity of bruxism, which is a common reason for cracked and broken teeth.

What Problems Does Bruxism Create?

Bruxism is a fancy term for grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw frequently or repeatedly. Since this most commonly occurs at night, some people with bruxism may not even be aware that they have this condition. Bruxism can weaken tooth enamel, which serves as an important barrier for bacteria that could otherwise affect the interior structure of teeth and could lead to cavities and tooth decay.

Some of the most common warning signs of bruxism include headaches with no known explanation, pain in the jaw, a feeling of looseness for some teeth and an increased risk of migraines. Younger children are most commonly affected by bruxism, but it can strike almost anyone. Certain personality types, health issues and medications can increase the risk of bruxism.

How Can You Reduce Your Risk of Bruxism During the Day?

Cutting back on your consumption of caffeine and tobacco products will help you to reduce both the frequency and the severity of your teeth-grinding episodes. Practicing mindfulness is another way to manage bruxism and to reduce your overall level of stress at work or during other daytime activities. By taking time to relax even when things are most stressful, you can increase your ability to deal with difficulties while protecting your teeth from the damaging effects of bruxism.

How Can a Dentist Help?

The experienced dentists at our office can provide a customized care plan that will allow you to treat bruxism effectively and will ensure that your teeth are protected against damage and injury because of grinding or clenching your teeth at night. We work with you at every step of the process to make sure you understand the services we will provide on your behalf. One of the best tools for managing bruxism is the custom dental guard.

What Is a Custom Night Guard?

Custom dental guards are designed to be durable and to fit over your teeth to provide a protective layer when you sleep. Rather than allowing your teeth to grind or press against each other, the bruxism night guard will create a barrier that prevents you from grinding enamel against enamel while you sleep. The process requires a few steps:

  • Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth, which will then be sent to a dental lab.
  • The laboratory technicians will fabricate an appliance that will look and work like a dental tray for teeth whitening and will fit just as snugly.
  • The dental professionals at Dental Solutions will check the fit of your new dental appliance at your next appointment and will provide you with detailed instructions on how to use it properly.

Why Should You Use a Night Guard for Sleeping?

During the night, you can cause serious damage to the enamel of your teeth by grinding or clenching your teeth together. Your dental guard is a durable way to prevent this from happening and to protect your teeth against damage and other potential risks to your dental health. Dental guards have been shown to reduce the risks of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome when worn every night and in the proper way.

What Is TMJ Syndrome?

TMJ syndrome occurs when the muscles of the TMJ joint are injured from repetitive strains or in other ways, such as an accident. Grinding your teeth can lead to TMJ syndrome, which can cause some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Pain radiating from the jaw and reaching into the face, shoulders or neck.
  • A feeling of looseness in the jaw or an uncomfortable bite.
  • Popping or crackling noises when the jaw is moved.
  • Discomfort when biting, chewing or speaking.

Can a Night Guard Help With TMJ Pain?

By reducing the pressure caused by bruxism, a custom night guard for your teeth can give your TMJ time to heal and can reduce the issues related to TMJ syndrome. This can help you feel more comfortable now and can reduce the risk of TMJ pain and issues in the future.

Why Choose a Bruxism Night Guard?

Generic mouth guards are not designed to fit your teeth properly. This can allow them to slip out of place or to be much less comfortable, which could result in less restful sleep and less effective treatment for your TMJ issues and bruxism. Selecting a custom-fitted dental guard from Dental Solutions will allow you to enjoy the best results possible for your teeth and your overall state of dental health.

What’s the Process for Getting a Custom Dental Guard?

Our dentists will be happy to create a custom-fitted mouth guard to prevent the damage often caused by grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw during the night. We work hard to provide you with the right solutions at the lowest cost possible.

What Will a Bruxism Mouth Guard Cost?

If you are looking for affordable dental services in Philadelphia, our team is committed to keeping your costs low in a number of ways:

  • We offer payment plans designed with the needs of our patients in mind.
  • We may accept some dental discount plans to lower the cost of your treatment to a significant degree.
  • We also work with most dental plans to ensure that your insurer pays as much of the cost of your treatment as possible.

Give us a call today to discuss your dental care requirements with our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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