About Night guards for Bruxism
If you or a loved one grinds their teeth at night, you know how annoying it can be. More importantly, is the damage this can cause to the teeth as well as the associated symptoms, which can include headaches and tension in the neck and shoulders. Get the relief you need with our custom-designed mouthguards that prevent bruxism. They’re made to fit comfortably over the teeth and provide a protective barrier to stop any harmful contact during the night, helping you rest easy.
Sleep Easy & Smile Brightly
Many individuals clench or grind their teeth in their sleep. Not only does this cause damage to teeth, but also it can also lead to headaches, the tension in the neck and shoulders, and even snoring or difficulty breathing. A nightguard is a mouthpiece, customized by our dentists, which protects your teeth and jaw while you sleep.
People who grind their teeth are not only annoying to their sleeping companions by also suffer from the effects bruxism has on their health. People who grind their teeth often suffer from jaw pain when they wake up in the morning and may even develop a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). The force exerted by the facial muscles when the teeth grinding at night can result in pains that occur during the day. These people may also experience gum recession, sleeping issues, and irritability with sleep companions.
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The Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding occurs subconsciously and is commonly caused by anxiousness or tenseness. Here are some of the signs that you may be a bruxer (teeth grinder):
- Your clenching wakes up your sleep partner
- Your teeth are worn, flattened, or chipped
- Your enamel is worn down. This can lead to discolored teeth and teeth that are susceptible to chipping or fracture.
- Sensitive teeth are a symptom of bruxing. These people feel extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drink.
- Earaches, headaches, and facial pain
Benefits of Night Guards for Bruxism
If you deal with teeth grinding or jaw clenching while sleeping, Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra may recommend a custom night guard. Provided at our Dallas, TX dental office, a night guard for bruxism can offer a number of benefits to patients. These benefits include:
- Protects against teeth grinding
- Comfortable to wear at night
- Can help you get a better night's sleep and wake up feeling rested
- Can improve symptoms like jaw soreness and headaches
- Could help prevent further gumline recession
- Makes nighttime breathing easier
- High-quality devices that can last for many years
Teeth Grinding Treatment
Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra administer custom-designed nightguards for patients who suffer from teeth grinding. These night or mouthguards work to protect the surface of your teeth and prevent the health problems that are associated with bruxism. The nightguards are designed to be comfortable and not hinder your breathing passages so your sleep does not suffer as a result of your new mouthpiece.
If you are concerned about what your teeth grinding can be doing to you contact our Dallas dental office today to schedule a consultation with Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the medical name for a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. This can happen unconsciously while you are awake or while you are sleeping. Grinding your teeth when you sleep can also be accompanied by other sleep-related issues, including snoring and sleep apnea.
Does a night guard help bruxism?
A night guard or splint can help reduce pressure on your jaw and protect your teeth from damage.
Is bruxism a serious condition?
While in most cases bruxism, or grinding your teeth, doesn’t lead to serious complications, it can damage your teeth and dental work, and cause jaw pain, teeth sensitivity, earaches, or tension headaches.
How do you cure bruxism?
Your dentist can create a night guard to help protect your teeth against damage bruxism and grinding can cause. You can also employ these tips to help reduce the stress that can lead to bruxism:
- Take steps to reduce stress: do something relaxing, exercise regularly, meditate, take a hot bath, etc.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks in the evening
- Get good, regular sleep