At Shandley Kane Dental, our Hoffman Estates, Illinois, area dentists, Drs. Steven Shandley, Elizabeth Kane, and Colleen Shandley work alongside patients to help them address any dental concerns they may have. Whether it’s missing teeth, cavities, or other oral health concerns, we can assist you. We can also help patients obtain dental guards for sleeping, especially if they deal with a condition such as bruxism.
Bruxism is the act of clenching and grinding of the teeth. It can occur during the daytime or while you sleep. When this happens, it can significantly impact the health of the natural smile in various ways.
A proper diagnosis of bruxism is recommended before seeking treatment options. Knowing what to look for can help. Some of the consequences of bruxism include the following:
If you notice any of these issues and are concerned that you might have bruxism and require treatment, we encourage you to book an appointment with Drs. Steven Shandley, Elizabeth Kane, and Colleen Shandley of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, to discuss your options.
To address bruxism, our dentists at Shandley Kane Dental may recommend a custom-made dental guard or night guard. This appliance is worn over the teeth while sleeping to provide a barrier between the top and bottom teeth, allowing for protection between the two to preserve natural teeth and dental restorations. The custom night guards made for you at Shandley Kane Dental are designed to protect your teeth, allow your chewing muscles and jaw joints to relax, and help relieve stress and pain in your jaw joints.
We encourage patients to use a dental guard for sleeping every night to maintain a healthy and functional smile. Alternatively, finding the cause of bruxism can help determine the best treatment. Some patients experiencing high-stress levels may notice that they are clenching and grinding their teeth at night, so meditation, yoga, and stress reduction can help.
Other patients may experience bruxism due to certain medications they are on, which can also be changed to protect their smile from experiencing further damage if patients choose not to move forward with an oral appliance or dental guard for sleeping.
If you reside in or around Hoffman Estates, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Illinois, area and want to speak to a provider about the benefits of protecting your smile from teeth clenching and grinding, we welcome you to our office!
Call (847) 428-4646 to request an appointment at our office at 4885 Hoffman Boulevard, Suite #300. We are open to new and returning patients and invite those seeking comprehensive care, including restorative, preventative, cosmetic, and general dentistry.