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Bruxism & Tooth Wear

Night Guards

Dr. Mantis feels that it is important that you understand exactly what Bruxism is and how it can affect your overall health.

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth. The condition affects both children and adults. Some people with Bruxism unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day, often when they feel anxious or tense. This is different from tooth grinding or clenching that occurs at night, which is called sleep Bruxism. Most children, who are bruxers, do so at night, while adults are either daytime or nighttime bruxers.

Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Unfortunately, people with sleep Bruxism usually aren’t aware of the habit, so they aren’t diagnosed with the condition until complications occur. That’s why it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of Bruxism and to communicate to Dr. Mantis that you may have some of these problems that relate to Bruxism.

Bruxism is a functional activity that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. In most people, Bruxism is mild enough not to be a health problem; however, 25% of people suffer from significant Bruxism that will become symptomatic. Nocturnal Bruxism causes the majority of health issues, and can even occur during short naps. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders as millions of people grind their teeth during sleep.

Many people suffer from Bruxism which can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. If you clench or grind your teeth, you should consider calling our office so that Dr. Mantis can answer any questions you may have concerning Bruxism and Tooth Wear.

Sports Mouth Guards

Sports Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of Orofacial athletic injuries and related oral disease and manifestations.

Pre-season screenings and examinations are essential in preventing injuries. Examinations include health histories, at risk dentitions, diagnosis of cavities, bite relationships, orthodontics, loose teeth, dental habits, crown and bridgework, missing teeth, artificial teeth, and the possible need for extractions for orthodontic concerns or wisdom teeth.

Determination of the need for a specific type and design of athletic mouth guard for injury prevention is made at this time. Here in Wilmette, Dr. Mantis, along with his team are specifically trained on the prevention of sports injuries.

A sports mouth guard is one of the most important pieces of athletic equipment. If you treasure your child’s or your own smile, a custom designed sports mouth guard is a must!

There are three types of sports mouth guards, the most efficient and effective type of sports mouth guard is custom designed here at Mantis Dentistry by Dr. Mantis. The other two guards are a fitted mouth guard which is pre-made and fitted to your mouth and a ready-made sports mouth guard which is available in most sports equipment stores. Although inexpensive, these two alternatives are also the least effective!

Protect both you and your child from serious injuries, have Dr. Mantis design and build a proper, professional sports mouth guard for you or your child.

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