Dr. Kenneth Barney and his staff work closely with patients in the Hedgesville, WV who are interested in enhancing their smile and maintaining their oral health. But he also offers patients solutions when they are diagnosed with certain conditions that can impact their smile. Bruxism is a condition that causes clenching and grinding of the teeth while patients sleep. Because the condition can become severe, it can also cause damage to the smile. Clenching and grinding can cause unwanted wear and tear on the smile, wearing down the natural tooth enamel and breaking restorations such as dental crowns and dental veneers. Our team encourages patients to take the steps to protect their smile from damage.
What are the consequences of bruxism?
Bruxism can cause:
- Breakage of restorations
- Lost restorations
- Worn down natural tooth enamel
- Misalignment of the smile
- Poor bite alignment
How can a patient treat bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition that cannot be controlled by the patient. Instead, patients need to be proactive about protecting their smile from the damage this condition can cause. The best method of treatment for bruxism is that of night guards. Night guards are special appliances that are used to protect the surfaces of the teeth from damage. They are worn over the smile when patients sleep and can reduce the tension caused by bruxism. The night guards available for this condition at the practice of Dr. Kenneth Barney are fabricated to fit perfectly in the patient’s smile and reduce the consequences of bruxism and other similar conditions including temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.
Ready to work with a team of professionals to discuss protection for the smile?
If you have been diagnosed with a condition such as bruxism, Dr. Kenneth Barney encourages you to speak to him about the benefits of using a night guard to protect the natural teeth and reduce the discomfort caused by continued clenching and grinding. With the help of our team, patients can relax knowing their smile is cared for and improved with today’s improved cosmetic solutions available. Call the practice at (304) 754-8803 and visit us at 101 North Mary Street in Hedgesville, WV to attend your first consultation appointment with our staff.