Snoring, clenching and grinding can all have negative effects on your teeth. There are some common dental procedures we perform to reduce the possible harmful health effects.
Snoring can often be a sign of impaired breathing and may even be associated with completely stopping breathing. This has serious potential health implications. Many patients benefit from a mouthguard being worn at night time to hold the jaw forward and open their airway. This is an appropriate alternative to a CPAP machine for some patients, and may be more convenient. Your dentist, working with your doctor, will be able to advise if a snoring appliance is likely to help you (and your partner) to get a better night’s sleep!
Clenching and grinding
Our teeth are only designed to bite together when we chew. For some people, their teeth are tight together much more frequently than this. The effects of clenching and grinding on the teeth can be significant, with cracking teeth, worn down smiles and dental pain all possible.
There are some simple ways that we can reduce clenching and grinding that may prevent further damage to the teeth and muscles. A night guard or ‘bruxism splint’ can often be a great help for people who may grind and clench their teeth without realising it. This frequently reduces other dental treatment that may be necessary if the teeth become cracked or worn down when grinding is not managed.
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