Tooth grinding and clenching is a common issue that to as bruxism. It is completely involuntary and most common at night. Most people who have bruxism are not aware of it. The only thing you might notice is that your jaw is sore in the morning, or that you wake up with a headache. You might not connect the dots, but we can definitely see the results of bruxism. Moreover, one way we can help at State Street Dental is with a night guard.
A Nighttime Device for Protecting Your Teeth
A night guard is pretty much what the name suggests, a guard that is worn at night while you sleep. It looks almost like a sports mouth guard, and is meant to be worn over your teeth. However, instead of protecting your teeth from sports-related dental injuries, a night guard is meant to protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of grinding and clenching.
Will Wearing a Night Guard Impact My Sleep?
A night guard should not impact your sleep negatively. In fact, it should do just the opposite and should help to improve your quality of sleep. It may take you a bit of time to get used to your night guard. If your night guard is causing you discomfort, and preventing you from sleeping at night, this means that it does not fit properly, and this issue should be addressed as soon as possible to remedy the issue.
What if I Don’t Wear My Night Guard All of the Time?
Compliance is incredibly important when it comes to wearing your night guard. You might not think that the issue is all that serious or you do not see the same signs of wear or other damage that we might have noted. However, consistency is crucial. You might wear your mouth guard for a while and start to feel better. This does not mean you no longer have to wear it. In fact, not wearing it any more will just lead to the same discomfort you felt before you got your night guard in the first place. Not wearing your night guard consistently can still also increase your risk for tooth damage and other serious issues, including TMJ.
Can a Night Guard Help with TMJ As Well?
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can often be caused by bruxism. The excessive grinding and clenching can wear on these important joints, leading to extreme pain and other major problems. With a night guard that fits you properly, your joints and jaws can get relief, meaning that the symptoms associated with TMJ are alleviated.
ItWhy Should I Get a Custom Night Guard?
The key to successful night guard treatment is a night guard that fits properly. The best way to get a properly fitted night guard is to get one custom made. This way, you know that your night guard will fit correctly and provide you with the best results. It will not fall out or make issues worse. Instead, you can finally get the relief you have been searching for, and you can effectively protect your teeth in the process.
If you are dealing with bruxism symptoms and are looking for relief, a night guard may be just what you need. Call State Street Dental at (971) 332-3020 today to learn more.