One thing we will look for during your routine check-ups is signs of bruxism. Bruxism (more commonly known as teeth-grinding) can have serious and long-term effects on your mouth. Individuals with bruxism grind and clench their jaws at night. This can lead to a variety of issues, including chipped and broken teeth, headaches, jaw pain, worn enamel, and increased tooth sensitivity.
One common treatment for bruxism is the use of a night guard. A night guard is a mouth guard that you put in before bed. This will keep your teeth in place and stop you from clenching or grinding them during your sleep.
What does a night guard help with?
Night guards can help to stop bruxism, TMJ, and can sometimes help with migraines. All of these conditions can be both uncomfortable and painful. A night guard can help cut down on pain and eliminate discomfort.
What are the different types of night guards?
Stock or ready-made night guards are generic, and over-the-counter. They can be purchased at your local drug store. Over-the-counter guards are not custom fit for your teeth. Instead, they are free made and generic- a “one size fits all” if you will.
To help with bruxism, we recommend a custom-made mouthguard. We make these in our office based on molds of your teeth. They will fit your mouth perfectly and will be overall more comfortable than the over-the-counter alternative.
What are the benefits of night guards?
Aside from treating issues with jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and TMJ, a night guard serves other practical benefits. For one, night guards can improve your sleeping patterns. You will sleep more regularly and soundly when your teeth and jaw are relaxed. You are also much less likely to suffer from mouth pain, jaw pain, and headaches when you wake up in the mornings.
If you are suffering from bruxism, TMJ, or even unexplained jaw and teeth pain, a night guard may be right for you. Come see us today to learn if a mouth guard could benefit you.