Night Guards, Sports Guards, TMJ Appliances in Indianapolis IN
It’s not uncommon to grind or clench your teeth from time to time. We all do it in moments of tension or stress, and it usually isn’t a concern. In some cases, though, teeth grinding (bruxism) is a chronic problem that can wear down and even destroy their teeth.
Both the causes and symptoms of chronic teeth grinding can vary widely from person to person. But Dr. Uhl has helped many people with bruxism and can tailor treatment to fit your specific needs. We can usually provide the relief you need with a simple orthodontic appliance.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
In many cases, we’ve found that chronic grinding and clenching is often related to a misaligned dental bite. If your bite is not balanced, you don’t bite evenly on both sides, and the joint in your jaw has to shift out of its natural position to bring the rest of your teeth together.
The result is grinding and clenching of your teeth, which puts excessive force on one side of your mouth when you bite down. Since teeth grinding most often occurs during sleep, one of the most common symptoms is pain in the jaw, neck, or shoulders when you wake up.
Problems Associated With Teeth Grinding
As if the painful symptoms weren't enough, the constant force placed on your teeth by grinding and clenching can lead to a number of dental concerns, including:
- Excessive, uneven wear on teeth
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Loose teeth
- Broken or cracked dental restorations
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
Effective Treatment Options
Fortunately, we can help you avoid these problems with treatment options that reduce or eliminate teeth grinding. We can create a custom-made night guard that you wear while you sleep. This prevents your teeth from coming into direct contact with each other, minimizing the constant force.
Another option is an NTI device that is worn over the two front teeth at night to prevent your canines and molars from coming into contact with each other. Dr.Uhl is specially trained to customize the device so that it fits your mouth perfectly.
Custom Sport Guards
Custom sport guards are critical if you or your child are active in sports like soccer, basketball, and football. Considering the intensity of some of these activities, it shouldn’t be a surprise that up to 39% of dental injuries occur while playing sports.
We highly recommend a customized sports guard that is made using impressions of your teeth. These are much more effective than over-the-counter mouth guards because they fit snugly over your teeth, providing an added layer of protection from injury.
Please Contact Us for More Information
Our priority is to protect your oral health in every way possible. This includes treating bruxism using effective options that prevent serious damage like broken teeth. Sports guards are a simple way to avoid injury to your teeth and ensure that they stay healthy and intact.
If you or your child need to be fitted for a sports guard, or you are experiencing the symptoms of teeth grinding, please give our Indianapolis dental office a call. We will be happy to arrange an appointment to discuss your options for protecting your teeth from damage.