Bruxism is the medical term for grinding or clenching your teeth. This condition can cause serious damage to your teeth, temperature sensitivity, pain, and even loss of teeth. Grinding your teeth can also cause migraines, pain in the shoulders, neck pain, back pain, and pain in your ears. Most people are not even aware they grind or clench their teeth since it happens mostly at night in their sleep. If left untreated bruxism may lead to cracked teeth, receding gums, and the need for a root canal, crowns, bridges, veneers, and a whole host of dental procedures.
Night Guards Treatment for Bruxism
While there is no cure for bruxism, there is treatment. Dr. C recommends night guards/or day guards for people who grind or clench their teeth. Unlike over the counter night guards, professional grade guards are custom fitted trays which you wear while you sleep/or awake to help stop the grinding and clenching of your teeth. These trays are clear and very comfortable to wear. Simply slip them over your teeth after you brush and floss, relax, and enjoy a better night’s sleep.
Most patients report a marked improvement in their comfort level when they use their night guards regularly. You should notice a reduction of pain and discomfort associated with grinding and clenching your teeth in just a few nights of using your night guards. Not only will your symptoms subside, but you will be taking an important step in protecting your teeth from the damage which could be caused by bruxism.
Call or contact Chelkowski Dentistry today and ask about how night guards can help you with grinding and clenching your teeth at night. Night guards are an easy and painless way to protect your teeth and stop the damage grinding and clenching your teeth may cause. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about bruxism and night guards, and we look forward to hearing from you very soon.