Welcome to Snowy River Dental, the practice of Dr. Danton Bradshaw and his team where we offer comprehensive family and cosmetic dentistry for patients in Bellevue, Idaho, and the surrounding areas. Do you have problems with teeth grinding while you sleep? Grinding (and clenching) your teeth when you sleep is called bruxism, and it has various causes. But according to the U.K. based Bruxism Association, nearly 70% of sleep teeth grinding stems from stress or anxiety. Other contributing factors include sleep apnea, smoking, caffeine or alcohol consumption, or taking medications for sleep, depression, and anxiety.
Technically, there is no actual “cure” for bruxism, but you can wear a night guard to protect your teeth and jaw while you sleep. Wearing a night guard can help save your pearly whites from the destructive effects of teeth grinding. Over time, bruxism can cause your teeth to flatten, fracture, loosen, increase tooth sensitivity, feel pain from grinding to the nerve, gum recession, and even cause tooth loss. Left untreated, this constant wear and tear can lead to a need for bridges, crowns, root canals, dental implants, partial or complete dentures (depending on the severity). It can even cause or worsen TMD (temporomandibular disorder) or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain, or change the appearance of your face.
Over-the-counter mouth guards available in stores tend to be large, fit poorly and are unattractive (which matters if you don’t sleep alone). A custom-made night guard created by your dentist, however, is fitted perfectly for your bite, whether it is a full mouth guard that protects all of your teeth, or just to cover your front teeth. So even though custom-made night guards cost more than store-bought night guards, they are less costly than repairing the damage done by teeth grinding over time. Also, dental insurances often cover some or all of the cost of custom night guards.
At Snowy River Dental, our dentist, Dr. Danton Bradshaw and his team are pleased to provide night guards for our patients in Bellevue, Idaho, and the surrounding areas. If you are ready to find relief for your night-time teeth grinding, we invite you to call our dedicated team at 208-788-2006 today!