How to Protect Your Teeth from Bruxism

How to Protect Your Teeth From Bruxism

Bruxism is among the most common sleep disorders. Fortunately for most people teeth grinding is mild enough to not be an issue. However for some people the clenching and grinding of their teeth can wear the enamel down and even cause some teeth to collapse if already decayed. Bruxism involves the muscles in the jaw and can lead to jaw and facial pain, headaches, tinnitus, as well as sensitive teeth and receding gums.

Dental guards allow the person to naturally clench and grind as they want to. The dental guard works by protecting the teeth with a layer of material that covers all the surfaces. Dental guards range from over-the-counter plastic devices, customized plastic devices provided by a dentist, and at the very top end are customized chrome cobalt alloy devices supplied by a dentist and individually designed by a specialist. A chrome cobalt device offers the most durable protection from teeth grinding.

Biofeedback devices are designed to give an undesirable sensation in response to bruxism in the hope that it will reduce further the clenching and grinding. These range from headbands that deliver an electrical shock or a sound. To oral devices that twist the front teeth or deliver a bad taste into the mouth. If the teeth have unfortunately been damaged they might need to be repaired with new crowns. The crowns themselves will then need to be protected from damage caused by grinding. A dental guard will protect the artificial teeth in the same way it protects the natural teeth.

The Somnowell appliance is made from chrome cobalt alloy and is tailor made to fit the individual perfectly and protect the teeth from bruxism. Unlike plastic devices the chrome cobalt alloy used to make the Somnowell doesn't suffer wear or tear in the mouth. It's also very resistant to oral fungi and bacteria, making the Somnowell the most hygienic option. Perhaps most importantly the chrome cobalt alloy enables the Somnowell to be far smaller than plastic devices, resulting in a comfortable device that is pleasant to wear.