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Grinding your teeth while you sleep might seem like a minor issue at first. Yet as time goes on, the excessive force exerted on the jaw muscles and the biting surfaces of your teeth can lead to long-term complications.

Also known as bruxism, this chronic condition is often linked to unresolved stress. Without treatment of active prevention the act of clenching and grinding can lead to dental fractures and problems with TMJ disorder.

If you have been struggling to deal with chronic night grinding, Dr. [doctor_nname] may recommend using a dental guard when you sleep. The removable oral appliance is designed from a durable type of plastic that can help cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth. It also allows for a small amount of amount of slip between your top and bottom teeth to help ease tension on the muscles and structures of your temporomandibular joints.

If you are not comfortable with the dental guards sold in stores, our dentist might be able to provide you with a custom dental guard, which can be carefully designed to closely match the characteristics of your bite pattern.

Our dentist can provide you with any care and cleaning instructions to help maintain the custom dental guard.

If you live in the Hartford, Michigan, area and you have been struggling to deal with chronic night grinding, you should call 269-621-6441 to set up an appointment at Hartford Family Dental Care.