At the practice of Drs. Aurelia and Khoury in Rochester, MI, patients in and around the community can achieve more attractive smiles that are healthy and functional. Patients who have been diagnosed with dental conditions can seek treatment with our team. One such condition, known as bruxism, may be diagnosed by a dentist and can cause damage to the natural smile.
Bruxism is a condition that occurs when patients clench and grind their teeth at night without even realizing they’re doing it! Drs. Aurelia and Khoury see the damage this condition causes when they evaluate patients. Many times, the condition can be diagnosed by the wear and tear on the natural teeth. Bruxism can result in:
Sometimes, bruxism may be mistaken for other dental conditions such as TMD. This occurs when the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint, malfunctions. It can lock or click and is often coexistent with bruxism. Both conditions can be treated with oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is the use of a specialized mouth guard that a patient wears to address clenching and grinding of the teeth. This mouth guard is made of medical-grade plastic and is custom-made to fit over the patient’s dental arch. Oral appliance therapy provides a barrier between the upper and lower dental arch, ensuring that clenching and grinding do not harm the natural teeth and restorations. It offers a cushion that can reduce muscle tension that can coincide with bruxism due to the stress on the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. Many patients who have bruxism find that this treatment is highly effective in addressing their needs.
Any patient who has received a diagnosis of bruxism will benefit from the use of oral appliances. Additionally, if patients have conditions such as temporomandibular disorder, they can use these mouth guards as well. It is important for patients to speak with their dentist and have a full evaluation to determine if this treatment would be advantageous.
The idea behind oral appliance therapy is providing protection between the dental arches so that when the patient clenches and grinds the teeth, it does not result in damage. This is incredibly important to ensure that dental restorations are kept in place and natural tooth enamel is not worn down. Patients who have bruxism are advised to wear the oral appliance every night when they sleep, or when the clenching occurs. While most patients with bruxism experience the problem overnight, some also have clenching and grinding episodes during the day. When patients have a thorough evaluation with their dentist, they can discuss the way they should wear their appliances for the best results.
When patients receive their oral appliance, they are also educated on how to clean and care for them. This is essential to ensure that they last a long time and that patients can maintain them over several months. Patients should make sure to keep them clean by brushing them when they brush their teeth. They can also keep them in denture cleaning solution to keep them moist and pliable for optimum fit and function.
Now is the time to work with a dentist in Rochester, MI who is proud to offer oral appliance therapy and other treatment solutions that can be used for not only addressing conditions such as these, but also in improving the health, function, and appearance of the teeth and gums. Our team of professionals is here for you, and Drs. Aurelia and Khoury can be reached by calling [phone2] to make an appointment. Our practice is in Rochester, MI at 804 N. Main Street, #201A.