Do you or your partner suffer from teeth grinding at night? This unconscious nocturnal behavior is known as bruxism, and most patients affected by it aren’t even aware of its existence. Sometimes, the sound of the teeth grinding together is enough to wake a sleeping partner, and in other cases, your dentist is the first to notice the symptoms. At Thaddeus S. Michalski, DMD in Rocky Hill, CT, Dr. Michalski and his team offer an extensive array of general and preventive dentistry services, including treatment for bruxism.
The Importance of Treating Bruxism
When patients suffering from bruxism grind their teeth (usually at night), the surface of the enamel gradually begins to wear down over time. Excessive pressure can even cause fractures in the teeth, opening up passageways for the entry of bacteria. The appearance of the teeth is negatively impacted as well; patients with untreated bruxism tend to have unnaturally flat teeth that become shorter over years of grinding.
Fortunately, there is a way to treat bruxism that is both comfortable and convenient. A custom-made oral appliance – sometimes called a mouthguard, nightguard, or splint – can be worn at night while you sleep. This specialized solution is manufactured to fit your unique dentition for the ultimate in comfort and successful treatment. Dr. Michalski will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your concerns, thoroughly assessing your teeth and developing a treatment plan that suits your needs. Our goal is to help you find relief from the intense nighttime teeth grinding associated with bruxism, allowing you to enjoy more restful, comfortable sleep and a healthier smile.
Schedule Your Bruxism Consultation
If you suffer from bruxism and you’re ready to take control of your oral health, Dr. Michalski and our entire team can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how treating bruxism with a customized oral appliance can improve your life. Our conveniently located office in Rocky Hill, CT also happily serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Hartford, Newington, Cromwell, Berlin, Wethersfield, and beyond.