Night Mouth Guard
Peachtree Corners, GA
Teeth grinding during sleep, often called “bruxism” can be a major cause of tooth damage and decay if left untreated. Though bruxism can also happen when you are awake, it may be less dangerous as you are more likely to be aware of your actions and correct them in order to avoid harming your teeth. During sleep bruxism, you may not be able to feel the strength of your bite or how tightly your jaws are clenched. If teeth grinding is not treated promptly, there is a chance that you might grind your teeth down or need restorative treatments like crowns, bridges, and eventually dentures to correct fragmented or loose teeth.
A nighttime mouthguard, or nightguard, can help to protect your teeth from the negative side effects that often come with teeth grinding. Because we value your natural teeth, we encourage you to prevent damage in order to avoid future alterations to your smile and the price of corrective dental procedures that would be necessary as a result of bruxism. A custom-fit nightguard may be just the solution you need. Contact Southern Family Dental Care for a consultation.
Negative Effects of Teeth Grinding
While the injury to your teeth should be a major concern, as well as a reason to seek treatment for teeth grinding, there are other negative effects to note. It is not uncommon for people who grind their teeth to experience pain in areas of their faces or have headaches upon waking. If teeth grinding persists for a long period of time, you may even develop a TMJ disorder that negatively impacts your jaw. Avoiding these and other symptoms of teeth grinding may involve consideration of why you may be grinding your teeth.
Teeth grinding is often stress-induced, even if it is done unconsciously. Bruxism may also be a symptom of sleep apnea which may be diagnosed with the help of a physician. You may also be more inclined to grind your teeth if they are not aligned correctly. Regardless of the reason for teeth grinding, using a mouthguard at night is the easiest and most effective way to avoid the symptoms and side effects that may transpire.
Which Mouthguard is Best?
When it comes to choosing the best mouthguard, you have a few options to consider. Stock mouthguards are sold in stores and are available to the general public. Thermoplastic boil and bite mouthguards may be a slightly better option as they can be adjusted to fit your teeth after sitting in boiling water. Our team can provide you with the best option. By molding over an impression of your teeth with a durable, yet comfortable, material, we can create a custom-fitted mouthguard that offers individualized protection against teeth grinding.
If you know that you are grinding your teeth at night, or suspect that you might be, it is important that you have a dental examination as soon as possible. A mouthguard might be able to solve the issues that you are having. A member of our team can assess the current damage your teeth may have incurred and, most significantly, fit you for a night guard that will prevent injury. Call Southern Family Dental Care at 470-410-9774 for more information.