Everywhere we turn, stress impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Work, school, family, finances, you name it…the stress can take a toll mentally, emotionally, and physically. When it comes to physical stress symptoms, most people think about loss of sleep, appetite, and even some grey hair; but did you know that stress can also cause you to grind or clench your teeth abnormally?
Excess clenching and grinding causes enamel to rub up against itself, and enamel is the hardest structure in the entire human body. The result is flat, worn teeth, broken enamel along the gumlines, and even broken restorations. Unfortunately this wear is irreversible, can result in costly dental treatment, and even damage tissues around the TMJ.
Wearing a night guard or bite splint can alleviate tooth wear due to stress. These devices prevent the teeth from wearing against one another, and also reducing the muscle pressure in and around the jaw. Instead, the teeth are placed in a proper relaxed position where there is a slight space between the arches; yet the lips are still closed together.
Stress can come and go, or it may be a permanent part of your lifestyle. Investing in a bite splint won’t only save your teeth; it will also reduce the cost of dental treatment needs later on. Having a splint made is very simple, and all that is needed is an impression of your teeth. Within about one week, your splint will be ready for you to pick up and start wearing right away. Some people wear them to sleep in, when they drive, or even when they’re at work.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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