At McCarl Dental Group we evaluate all of our patients for tooth grinding and clenching, or “bruxism.” Many patients experience increased tooth sensitivity from bruxism during times of personal stress. Some dental patients do not experience any symptoms from grinding but still face the potential consequences.
For many people, the first symptom of bruxism is a headache or pain in the jaw. Grinding and clenching can also cause destruction of the enamel of the teeth and over time can lead to significant loss of tooth structure. Typically the patient is not aware of the damage since grinding does not cause visible cavities in the teeth. Nighttime clenching is more subtle than grinding and often results in cracked or fractured back teeth.
A nightguard, such as the FDA approved NTI device, is often the first treatment for bruxism. The NTI attaches to your front two teeth and prevents the posterior teeth from touching. This alignment suppresses clenching and allows the jaw muscles and joints to relax and heal. Since the teeth do not have direct contact, no wear occurs.
The NTI is easy to wear and is custom made in just one visit to McCarl Dental Group. Many of our patients experience relief from jaw discomfort in a few days. They become more attached to their NTI than a childhood security blanket!
When you are considering dentists in Annapolis or Severna Park, MD, please visit McCarl Dental Group at Shipley’s Choice Medical Park, less than one mile from Severna Park and 15 minutes from Annapolis Maryland!