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Oral appliances and mouth guards are one of the best way to protect your teeth from the damage caused by teeth grinding. Please continue reading to find out more about oral appliances at Nottingham Dental in Katy, TX

Oral Appliances

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At Nottingham Dental, our priority is to always provide the most conservative treatments possible for all dental issues. If you suffer from teeth grinding, then oral appliances offer some of the best and most non-invasive solution to protect your teeth from damage caused by constant clenching of teeth. We designed oral appliances made from some of the best non-toxic high-quality materials and we design them specifically for your mouth.

Whether you suffer from sleep apnea, nighttime teeth grinding, TMD, or other bite problems, we diagnose the root cause of the problem, curate treatments, and provide oral appliances that can protect your teeth. Depending on your goals and condition, Dr. Chen and Dr. Yan design various treatments and oral appliances for you.

If you suffer from teeth grinding or if you’ve identified the symptoms of teeth grinding, you should contact your dentist immediately. Please continue reading to find out more about oral appliances at Nottingham Dental in Katy, TX.

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What is Teeth Grinding/ Bruxism?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a condition in which you subconsciously keep clenching or grinding your teeth against each other. In normal situations, your upper and lower teeth should only occasionally come in contact with each other and for a total duration of 5 minutes per day. If you suffer from teeth grinding, then your teeth are almost always in contact with each other and they gnash against each other.

Teeth grinding may occur at night or it may occur subconsciously during the day. The teeth are the hardest substances in the body and they can withstand immense damage, but sustained teeth grinding for several months or years can lead to significant damage. Over time, your teeth may start chipping or cracking and your enamel may wear away. Thinning enamel may lead to heightened sensitivity in your teeth and it can also make your teeth look yellow and discolored. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to treat teeth grinding.

The biggest issue, however, is that most people aren’t even aware of their teeth grinding habits. Since it happens subconsciously and doesn’t immediately lead to big consequences, most people go through teeth grinding for several years before seeking help. This can cause considerable damage to your teeth. You should be wary of signs of teeth grinding such as sensitive teeth, jaw soreness in the morning, facial pain and earaches, chipped or fractured teeth, etc. These are indications that you may be suffering from teeth grinding.

If you don’t treat teeth grinding promptly, you may suffer from insomnia, you may damage your teeth and dental appliances, and you may also suffer from TMD, a jaw-related disorder that leads to severe jaw pains. In order to treat teeth grinding, the dentist will have to identify the root cause of bruxism, since it may be caused by several physiological or psychological issues. Teeth grinding may happen because you’re genetically predisposed, because of anxiety, stress, and other psychological problems, because of dental issues, medications, or various other factors.

When you go for your regular dental deep cleaning sessions, the dentist will likely check for signs of teeth grinding. If there are signs of bruxism, they’ll ask you to come regularly so they can monitor the progress and diagnose the root cause of teeth grinding. Based on the root cause, they may provide a number of different treatments or even refer you to a behavioral psychologist or sleep specialist.

The treatment for teeth grinding and bruxism can often be long and difficult because the dentist and doctors have to figure out the root cause and go through a slow psychological treatment. However, in the meantime, it’s important to protect your teeth from damage. That’s where oral appliances come in.

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Oral Appliances to Protect your Teeth

Oral appliances may be of several different types and you may need them for various reasons. If you suffer from teeth grinding, then you must get oral appliances because they’re the only way to protect your teeth from damage.

Oral appliances or mouth guards are soft appliances you wear on your mouth. They help keep the upper and lower arch of your teeth separate so that you don’t gnash your teeth even when you’re grinding. This protects your teeth from the adverse effects of teeth grinding and bruxism.

However, oral appliance and mouth guards are also important for those who engage in contact sports like basketball, hockey, lacrosse, boxing, soccer, etc. During these sports, it’s commonplace for people to sustain damage in their mouths. When that happens, you need to be wearing a mouthguard or oral appliance to protect your teeth from fractures and damage.

The following is a brief overview of the different types of mouthguards and oral appliances available.

  • Stock Mouth Protectors: These are inexpensive mouth protectors you can buy from any sporting goods store. These protectors, however, aren’t recommended by dentists because they make it hard to breathe, are bulky, and don’t provide the kind of protection you need for teeth grinding. They can’t even be adjusted to your teeth.
  • Boil-and-Bite Mouth Protectors: These mouth protectors are also available in sporting stores. You have to boil them to soften them up and then place them in your mouth and bite to mold them to your mouth’s shape. This does provide a better fit but they also don’t provide the kind of protection you need for longterm teeth grinding.
  • Custom-Fitted Mouth Protectors: These are some of the best oral appliances for teeth grinding. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the laboratory. They’ll use a special material to prepare a mouth guard that’s custom-fitted for your mouth so you have perfect coverage and protection while also facilitating easy breathing.

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Get your Oral Appliances Today

At Nottingham Dental, we examine your teeth and study your teeth grinding habits to come up with one of the best treatment plan. We also design high-quality oral appliances for your specific mouth and needs to protect your teeth from damage. For more information, please schedule an appointment today.