Tension, stress, and anxiety experienced during the daytime can carry over to an individual’s sleep and lead the person to grind his or her teeth or clench them unknowingly. Regardless of the cause, frequent clenching and grinding wears down the chewing surfaces of the teeth and reduces tooth enamel. With enough force, you can even crack or break teeth, which can result in the need for crowns, filling, or root canals.
Bruxism refers to excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw, usually when one sleeps. If you wake up with jaw pain, tension headaches, or facial pain, you may be suffering from bruxism.
Some people aren’t even aware they are grinding or clenching their teeth at night, until a visit to a dentist reveals significant tooth enamel loss or damage to restorations. If you are showing signs of grinding or clenching, and have chipped teeth or receding gums, our dentist may recommend a nightguard for you.
Reasons for a Nightguard
- Clenching and grinding your teeth
- Facial or jaw tenderness and headaches
- Receding gums
- Proactive solution to protecting crowns, veneers, and implants
Our general dentist will custom fit you for a nightguard by taking an impression of your mouth and sending it to our dental laboratory to fabricate your custom nightguard. You can extend the life of your nightguard with proper home care and cleaning. Your dentist will want you to bring your nightguard with you to your dental checkups.