Ellen recently remarried and found out that her spouse slept right through his habit of grinding his teeth. She didn’t. Ellen listened to a sound “similar to rocks bumping around in his mouth” nightly. During an exam in the hygienist’s room, she asked me how to get him to stop. I suggested that she bring him in so we could talk.
Habitual grinding causes premature wear on the biting surface of teeth and often breaks shallow fillings, I explained. It can damage supporting bone for the teeth, and cause headaches. The solution involves a custom-made night guard that snaps over the teeth in half the mouth and relieves the muscle tension. It is replaced when it becomes too thin, because it could break, or when the family pet discovers it sitting on the counter. Need I say that it comes with a case?
Contact Winterset Dental today to find out which treatment is right for you.