Patients who have been diagnosed with bruxism and live in the area of Hedgesville, WV are welcome to ask Dr. Kenneth Barney about the advantages of using night guards to protect the smile. Custom-made appliances such as these are readily available in his practice for patients to consider for better oral health and wellness.
What Is Bruxism?
Many patients who are told they have bruxism are unsure what exactly the condition entails. In most cases, bruxism occurs at night when patients are sleeping. Patients subconsciously clench and grind their teeth in their sleep. This causes damage to the natural tooth enamel as well as restorations that may be placed in the smile, including dental crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers. These can be damaged to the point where they need repair or replacement. The wearing down of natural tooth enamel can also make the teeth more sensitive to hot and cold foods.
How To Treat Bruxism
Bruxism is sometimes caused by stress, and when patients reduce their levels of stress, it can improve their condition. However, some patients are unable to control the condition on their own, during which Dr. Kenneth Barney may suggest the use of a specialized, custom mouth guard or “night guard” that is worn over the dental arch each evening while patients sleep. This plastic guard will protect the teeth by cushioning the tension caused by bruxism.
Patients who have conditions such as TMJ may also benefit from the same type of night guard. Night guards can relieve the tension in the jaw joint that causes similar disorders.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism and want to protect your smile from damage, we encourage you to book an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Barney and his team today! His practice is located in Hedgesville, WV at 101 North Mary Street and can be reached by phone for a visit at (304) 754-8803. His practice welcomes new and existing patients who are seeking quality care.