Teeth Grinding Treatment at A Perfect Smile – Dr. Robert Nelson Falmouth, ME Dentist

One of the things that we do with our examination is we are aware of wear. So we’re going to access wear damage that we see in a patient’s mouth. Most times, patients are totally unaware of the wear, so if this is occurring when they’re sleeping—quite common—we’re gonna look and see what’s the severity and what’s the appropriate treatment. Many times it’s a mouthguard so that instead of rubbing their teeth together, they’re protected by a guard. I have many patients who tell me, “Wow, I can’t sleep without my guard.” So, it’s … it goes a long way toward enhancing the longevity of the teeth and minimizing the amount of dentistry that’s needed in the long run. So if you’re preserving as much of the healthy tooth structure as you can, you’re gonna get this patient keeping their own teeth into their 80s and 90s, and that’s where we’re headed.

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