Are you waking up with facial muscle tension, jaw pain, or pounding headaches? These could all be signs that you’ve been grinding your teeth while you’ve been asleep. This issue may not seem like a big deal at first, but when it’s left unaddressed, it can cause serious issues down the road, such as TMJ disorder. That’s why, at Dream Dental, we offer customized nightguards for teeth grinding that protect and cushion your pearly whites and facial muscles so you can sleep more comfortably. The best way to learn more is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel today!
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can be caused by several issues, including orthodontic problems and stress. Although it may seem like a minor inconvenience at first, when you continue to grind your teeth, it can wear them down and make them vulnerable to being attacked by harmful oral bacteria in your mouth. Even though this condition impacts millions of Americans across the country, it often goes undiagnosed because it usually happens while you’re asleep. Here are some symptoms that you or your family member or partner can look out for to find out whether you have this condition:
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to contact your dentist in Woodstock immediately so they can assess the damage.
Daily teeth grinding can put your teeth at risk by rapidly wearing down the protective layer of your teeth, called the enamel. It can also result in severe issues such as:
When you visit Dream Dental for an examination, we’ll assess the damage that teeth grinding has caused and make any necessary treatment plans to take care of lingering problems. Then, we’ll likely suggest a custom-fitted nightguard to protect your grin from any additional issues down the road.
The process of getting a nightguard typically takes place over two appointments. During the first, we’ll capture impressions of your teeth to create a model to send to our dental laboratory. They’ll use this to craft your customized nightguard from high-quality and durable materials. At your final appointment, we’ll show you how to use and clean your nightguard and make sure that it fits your mouth perfectly before sending you on your way.
A custom-fitted bruxism nightguard is a simple and cost-effective solution that offers several advantages, including:
When you stick to wearing your nightguard every night, you’ll be able to notice the difference that not grinding your teeth has on your overall health and comfort. Plus, with regular care an maintenance, your nightguard will be able to protect your smile for years to come, making it a priceless investment.