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Allergies, daily tensions, and unresolved stress can cause you to grind your teeth at night. If it happens frequently the stress and tension placed on your teeth, joints, and jaw muscles.

This can cause chips and other dental fractures to the tooth enamel of multiple teeth. Even if the teeth aren’t significantly traumatized, the damaged areas of tooth enamel can start trap residual food material and plaque. In time, this could cause large cavities to form on an already compromised tooth.

Chronic night grinding can also cause complications in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. This can cause inflammation in the joints as well as problems with the complex muscles and connective tissues that move your jaw. The pain and discomfort from TMJ disorder can gradually have a significant impact on your overall quality of life.

One easy way to prevent these complications is to sleep with a dental guard in your mouth. This is a soft mouthpiece made from a special form of dental plastic. You simply insert it into your mouth shortly before going to sleep at night and it will cushion your teeth.

If you find that the dental guards offered at the retail level you might want to have Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs fit you for a custom dental guard. It will be custom shaped to match your unique bite pattern. The modest amount of slip it allows can reduce the tension and resulting inflammation in the temporomandibular joints.

If you live in the Tomball, Texas, area and you’ve struggled with chronic night grinding, you should call 281-205-4717 to schedule an appointment at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates.