Do I Need a Dental Night Guard

 Gahanna Dentist

Do you have jaw pain from nighttime teeth grinding? If so, you’ll want to ask your dentist about getting a night guard. Many patients are unaware of grinding or clenching teeth at night until it’s brought up by their partner or dentist. During your routine dental checkup, your dentist will be able to spot worn enamel, tooth fractures, and other signs of teeth grinding. Keep reading to learn how a night guard for teeth grinding can change your life. For more information, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding. Most people don’t know they have bruxism until they start experiencing jaw pain, headaches, and TMJ disorders. Your partner may also tell you about your teeth grinding if it’s loud enough to wake them up.

Symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Fractured, chipped, or loose teeth
  • TMJ disorders

Teeth grinding overworks your jaw muscles so you wake up feeling sore. If left untreated, bruxism can wear down tooth enamel until you need porcelain crowns or other tooth restorations to repair your smile. The sooner you get a night guard to protect your smile, the better your chances of avoiding expensive dental procedures.

How does a night guard protect teeth?

A night guard forms a protective layer between your upper and lower teeth so you can’t bite down or clench your jaw while you sleep. During your first appointment, your dentist will take dental impressions and send them to the lab where your dental guard will be made. When you come back to the office, your night guard will be ready. Your dentist may make slight adjustments to the fit so you can breathe and sleep comfortably while wearing your night mouth guard.

How do I benefit from wearing a mouth guard?

A sleeping mouth guard will save you money in the long run because you’ll be able to avoid needing expensive restorative dentistry. If left untreated, the forces exerted on your teeth from bruxism can be enough to wear down enamel and even lead to tooth loss. A night guard for teeth is much more affordable than a dental bridge or implant.

If you are tired of waking up in pain, you’ll want to ask your dentist about getting a teeth grinding guard. You might be surprised by how well-rested you’ll feel after your first night wearing a dental night guard. Teeth grinding is a tough habit to beat, especially if you’re under a lot of stress. Thankfully, a night guard protects your smile while you sleep so you can enjoy good oral health.

Dr. Dawn C. Baker DDS and her team are dedicated to helping you maintain a beautiful healthy smile. We offer dental night guards, snoring and sleep apnea devices, and other dental treatments. To schedule an appointment with our Gahanna dentist, call Pure Dental at (614) 475-7580.

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