Bruxism is a condition where you unconsciously grind your teeth during sleep. This can result in jaw pain in the morning and also lead to a change in the alignment of the jaws. Tooth fractures can even form, eventually wearing down or loosening the teeth, ending in tooth loss. To prevent this from happening, a night guard is recommended.
A night guard is a removable dental appliance similar to an athletic mouth guard. It provides a barrier between the top and bottom teeth to prevent the surfaces from grinding together and protecting the teeth from getting damaged. As with athletic mouth guards, a custom-made night guard is generally the best type to use. These are provided by your dentist, who will measure for the night guard and have it made. During your appointment, your dentist will discuss other possible methods for reducing or eliminating night grinding. Often, teeth grinding is caused by stress, so finding a way to relieve stress can also relieve teeth grinding. Cutting back on chewing gum, alcohol, and caffeine may be recommended, as these increase the risks of grinding.
A custom-fit night guard will ensure your comfort and safety, protecting your teeth from wear, gum irritation, enamel damage, and jaw pain. If you suspect you may have issues with teeth grinding, schedule an appointment with our office.
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