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Chronic stress and other factors can cause some individuals to unconsciously grind their teeth while sleeping. Also known as bruxism this condition might not seem serious at first, yet it can lead to significant complications over time.

The force exerted by the clenching and grinding of teeth can lead to chipped tooth enamel and dental fractures on multiple teeth. Some patients with unaddressed bruxism also experience damage to dental work and dental fillings.

Even if a damaged tooth doesn’t cause initial pain the textured tooth enamel could start to accumulate bacterial deposits leading to a severe case of tooth decay.

It’s also worth noting that the muscular tension and potential inflammation in the temporomandibular joints could lead to chronic problems with TMJ disorder.

If you have been struggling with bruxism issues, you might want to talk to a dentist like Dr. Michael Hiller about a dental guard.

When the plastic mouthpiece is inserted in the mouth it helps cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth while also allowing a mild amount of slip. With consistent use it can protect your tooth enamel from fractures while also reducing the muscular tension in your temporomandibular joints.

If you live in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area and you have been grinding your teeth while sleeping you should call 225-924-7367 to schedule an appointment at Hiller Orthodontics.