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Many adults and some children will grind their teeth as a neuro-physical response to chronic stress. Sometimes an untreated respiratory allergy can also contribute to the dental grinding response.

At first, it might not seem to be a significant problem. Yet if it’s not addressed in some way the excessive force applied by clenching and grinding can start to have a significant effect on your teeth and the general health of your temporomandibular joints.

Initial problems with chipped teeth, damaged dental fillings, damaged dental work, and more significant dental fractures can increase your chances of suffering significant discomfort. Even if the damage to the tooth enamel is minor the area could trap bacterial deposits, which could foster tooth decay.

On a long-term basis, the excess tension in your temporomandibular joints and surrounding connective tissues can cause the inflammation, and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder. In time, it could even affect the cartilage structures of the joints, increasing your chances of suffering early onset of arthritis or a clicking and possible locking of the temporomandibular joints.

Fortunately, wearing a dental guard in your mouth during sleep can help cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth while also lessening the impact on the temporomandibular joints. This can help prevent damage to your teeth and reduce the effect on your temporomandibular joints.

If you try one of the dental guards sold in stores and you find them uncomfortable, you might want to consider scheduling a consultation at Dr. Chet B. Hawkins’s dental office for him to fit you for a custom dental guard. This is a quality mouthpiece that will be custom made to match the unique shape of your teeth and mouth to fit comfortably in place while you sleep.

If you live in the Boerne, Texas, area and you have been grinding your teeth on a frequent basis, you should call 830-443-4352 to schedule a consultation appointment the dental specialists at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc.