Those who grind their teeth in their sleep have a condition called bruxism. The pressure and wear on the teeth from teeth grinding can cause severe damage to both the teeth and jaw. One of the best treatments for teeth grinding is using a dental nightguard that protects teeth from damage. At Carrington Square Dental, we can create a nightguard for bruxism/teeth grinding that is customized for your mouth at our dental center in Waxhaw, NC.
Bruxism can cause severe damage to your oral health over time. The grinding motion can wear down the enamel and teeth, increasing risk for tooth decay and sensitivity. The pressure of grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw can also cause damage. Teeth can be cracked or fractured, and the stress can cause damage to the jaw joint. Many people with bruxism suffer from ongoing dental problems and may have a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ/TMD, symptoms. Bruxism treatment can prevent further damage to oral health and may relieve some symptoms caused by teeth grinding.
Teeth Clenching Mouth Guard
If you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep, a dental mouth guard, or nightguard, can be the solution to protect your smile and oral health. Our dentists can create impressions of your teeth that are sent to our dental lab to form a customized nightguard for bruxism or teeth grinding. The mouth guard fits comfortably over your teeth and keeps your teeth from touching while you sleep. This stops the grinding motion and clenching that can damage teeth and the jaw joint.
Some other benefits of wearing a nocturnal mouth guard are that you may also snore less and breathe better. Nightguards are often used for people with sleep apnea or snoring issues to open the airway and improve breathing while they sleep.
If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw in your sleep, you could be damaging your jaw and smile. Come see us at Carrington Square Dental to learn about a nightguard for bruxism, teeth grinding and snoring. Contact our office in Waxhaw, NC, to schedule your appointment.