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Unmanaged stress can cause several different responses in the human body. One of the more serious yet seemingly mundane manifestations comes when chronic stress causes you to grind your teeth on a nightly basis. Early on, the abnormal pressure applied to the biting surfaces of teeth can cause chips and significant dental fractures.

This can cause the damaged teeth to experience heightened sensitivity. In time, the fractured tooth enamel could even start to trap food residue and bacterial plaque, fostering a cavity in the already distressed tooth.

Without some form of treatment or remediation, chronic night grinding can build up muscular tension and inflammation in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. The chronic ache and complications of TMJ disorder can have a significant impact on your oral function and even have an adverse effect on your quality of life.

To help prevent this damage, Dr. Ryan R. Bailey & Keith Huff at South Coast Family Dentistry’s Coos Bay, Oregon clinic can fit you for a custom dental guard. This is a soft plastic mouthpiece allows A modest amount of slip between your teeth. It helps reduce the tension of grinding and clenching the jaw. It also offers modest padding to prevent chips and fractures tooth enamel.

The soft plastic material buffers and protects your teeth while reducing the friction between biting surfaces. This helps to relax muscle tension in the jaw. Even if you’ve recently developed TMJ disorder issues, the use of a custom dental guard can help mitigate existing issues as part of a comprehensive treatment strategy.

If you live in the Coos Bay, Oregon area and you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should call 541-269-5353 to explore your night guard options at South Coast Family Dentistry’s orthodontic clinic.