Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a potentially serious issue that affects millions of men and women in America. Because most people who suffer from bruxism are asleep when it happens, they aren’t aware of their behavior until it leads to physically apparent symptoms. By this point, however, it may be necessary to take restorative action, so it is best to diagnose and treat the problem as early as possible. At Dooley Dental in Spring Lake, NJ, Dr. Ed Dooley and his team help patients dealing with bruxism find relief from nighttime teeth grinding in a way that suits their individual needs.
Why is it Important to Treat Bruxism?
Though grinding your teeth while you sleep may not seem like something that impacts your daily life, the consequences of repeated grinding and clenching can be serious. Over time, the teeth begin to wear down, taking on a flatter and shorter appearance. Worn enamel that is subjected to the immense pressure of the jaws over and over again, every night, is far more susceptible to cracks and decay. In addition, patients with untreated bruxism often suffer from headaches and jaw pain, further detracting from your quality of life.
Fortunately, Dr. Dooley can help. With a customized oral appliance (often simply referred to as a mouthguard or nightguard), we can effectively alleviate the pressure your teeth sustain throughout the night. You wear it only while you sleep, and its comfortable contours fit your unique dentition precisely. If your bruxism has caused damage to any of your teeth, we can also help with a variety of restorative dentistry procedures and cosmetic solutions.
Schedule Your Visit with Dr. Dooley Today
If you or your partner is suffering night after night with teeth grinding and you’re ready to take a step toward improved oral health, we’re here to help. Contact our office in Spring Lake, NJ to schedule your consultation with our team, and see the extraordinary difference our dedication and skill can make in your life. Our family-friendly, state-of-the-art dental practice happily welcomes patients from nearby communities as well, including Wall Township, Avon, Manasquan, Brielle, Belmar, and beyond.