Grinding and Night Guards

Have you ever woken up with a sore jaw? Are you getting earaches or neck aches? 

You may be grinding your teeth at night.

Teeth grinding, better known as Bruxism, usually occurs while you’re asleep ;however,  can happen while awake. 

The causes of Bruxism are not clear but stress is one possible cause. Other things that are thought to be associated with teeth grinding are anxiety, sleep apnea and misaligned teeth.

Although there is no way to stop Bruxism, getting a night guard can help soften the blow. There are many ways someone can damage their teeth….teeth grinding is definitely one.  Damage caused by teeth grinding may include loosened teeth, damage to bridges or dental implants, periodontal issues, chipped enamel, cracked teeth and worn down teeth. If there is nothing done to help prevent these damages, jaw and joint problems can occur, or even tooth loss.

One course of treatment is a mouthguard. Mouthguards are made to help protect your teeth from any damage due to grinding. There are many types of mouthguards but the best is a custom-made mouthpiece from your dental provider. These mouthguards are molded, out of a heavy duty plastic, to your tooth structure. Not only will they save your teeth but you may get better sleep and less headaches. 

If any of this sounds familiar give the office a call and set up your appointment for a night guard today.