At Belmont Dental Care we offer NTI appliances for patients who suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding. We already know that teeth grinding can negatively impact an adult’s life. From headaches to cracked teeth, bruxism is a condition that requires professional treatment. However, we often don’t think about the negative effects that teeth grinding holds for young children.
In a study performed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, researchers focused on 1,956 preschoolers in a survey filled out by their parents. Of these participants, 36 percent of children were said to grind their teeth one or more times per week and 6.7 percent were said to grind their teeth up to four times a week. The worst part is that as the frequency of teeth grinding increased, so did the parents’ likelihood of stating their child was withdrawn in school and did not adjust well.
At Belmont Dental Care, we are committed to relieving the negative side effects of teeth grinding. Whether you are an adult or a child suffering from bruxism, we offer NTI appliances to prevent you from teeth grinding.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the medical term for either clenching or grinding your teeth. Clenched teeth entails holding the top and bottom teeth tightly and aggressively against each other. Grinding teeth means running your top and bottom teeth back and forth over each other. Both situations usually occur during sleep and causes great harm to your teeth and general health.
Several things can lead to bruxism including:
- Misaligned bite
- Poor dental work in the past
- Missing teeth or crooked teeth
The effects of bruxism can include chipped, fractured or broken teeth or even tooth loss. Additionally, untreated teeth grinding can result in headaches, hearing loss, TMJ disorder or even a change in your facial structure.
NTI Appliance in Scottsdale, AZ to Prevent Teeth Grinding
At Belmont Dental Care we provide NTI appliances to stop you from grinding your teeth. These appliances are made of plastic and placed over several canines or molars to decrease the pressure of your bite by up to 70 percent. These appliances are custom made to target the problem areas in your bite. They are worn at night and are not hazardous since they are too large to accidentally swallow during sleep.
If you or your child are suffering from bruxism, do not wait to seek treatment. For more information on how the NTI appliance in Scottsdale, AZ can prevent bruxism, visit Belmont Dental Care or call us today at (480) 609-0050.