Your Melbourne FL oral surgeons are committed to help preserve your smile and that means taking excellent care of your gums for life! One habit that can negatively impact your mouth and jaw is tooth grinding. In fact, tooth grinding is one of the contributing factors for periodontal disease and subsequent oral surgery correction.

Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth like the gums and jaw. When periodontal disease begins, this force could speed up the rate these periodontal tissues are destroyed. There are several dental solutions for the grinding of teeth, such as a mouth guard that can be worn at night.

The habit of tooth grinding isn’t necessarily a sentence for periodontal disease and subsequent surgery, however. You can treat tooth grinding with mouth guards or other corrective devices in order to avoid surgery. We love to provide surgical correction when it’s necessary, but we also want to help preserve your natural teeth and help you avoid the experience of surgery when possible.