Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, may be a dental issue that is affecting your smile during the night. Teeth grinding can lead to cracked, worn down, and broken teeth, but it can also overwork your jawbone, causing fatigue and dysfunction. That’s why our experienced team offers an effective solution for bruxism: nightguards! Keep reading to learn more about this treatment option and how it can protect your smile.
Bruxism is a common problem that affects millions of people, and the real danger is that many patients don’t even know they have it. However, you can be on the lookout for these common warning signs:
Bruxism can cause numerous problems, but primarily, it will wear down your teeth’s protective enamel. This will not only affect the aesthetics of your smile, but it will expose the inner, more sensitive portions of your teeth. This can lead to pain, sensitivity and additional problems. However, bruxism is especially harmful for children. If left untreated, children will experience chronic jaw pain, dysfunction, teeth that look too short, and numerous other oral health risks. Thankfully, we have experience in treating patients of all ages, allowing us to provide nightguards for you and your kids.
We offer nightguards to help patients of all ages treat bruxism. These oral appliances are custom-made to fit around your top teeth comfortably. This durable plastic will keep your teeth from grinding and clenching together, but it will also relieve your jaw joints of pressure and stress. Patients will simply place their nightguard in before sleep, and they can enjoy a better rest without putting their teeth at risk. There is a slight adjustment period of getting used to wearing your nightguard, but this will subside after a day or two.
One of our highly trained dentists will take impressions of your smile, which are used to create your personalized nightguard. Once fabricated, you can start wearing it immediately to prevent bruxism and its effects while you sleep.
While there are nightguards available over the counter at your local drugstore or market, there are some key advantages to using one of our custom-made oral appliances. Primarily, ours last much longer, making them well worth your investment. However, our nightguards are also more effective because they are designed to fit snugly around each of your top teeth. This keeps your smile safer than store bought products, and it helps alleviate stress on the jaw joints.
Are you ready to protect your teeth from bruxism with nightguards in Forest? Don’t hesitate to contact our office and request an appointment to get started!