Nightguards Prevent Teeth From Grinding While You Sleep
Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw? What about sudden earaches or headaches? These are some of the symptoms of bruxism. If it’s something you’re regularly doing, a nightguard is an excellent preventive solution. Continue reading for more information about this treatment, available from your dentist in Ridgecrest.
Nothing but the facts on bruxism
90% of the population grinds or clenches their teeth at some point or another. Officially known as bruxism, it can be brought on by stress or anxiety. There is bruxism that happens during the day and the kind that occurs at night. When it occurs at night, you have no control over it because you’re completely unconscious.
A few common signs:
- popping sound emanating from the jaw joint
- sore gums
- stiff or painful jaw
- worn-down teeth
- headaches when you wake
- fatigue caused by disrupted sleep
How do bruxism nightguards work?
If your bruxism is mild, your dentist in Ridgecrest may determine that a nightguard isn’t needed. If it happens all the time, resulting in damage, then it’s something you’re going to want to consider. If we recommend this and get the go-ahead from you, we’ll begin by conducting a thorough exam of your mouth, including teeth, gums, and cheeks. From there, we’ll take an impression of your teeth and have a custom-made nightguard fabricated. This nightguard acts as a barrier between teeth, so they cannot make direct contact when clenching or grinding occurs.
Concerned about bruxism? Is it something that may be affecting someone you know? Call us today for a consultation.
Contact us about bruxism nightguards
- Stop tooth damage from happening
- Preserve your facial appearance
- No more morning headaches or sore jaw
- An easy, painless preventive solution
- A custom-made, snugly fitting guard