Teeth grinding is an oral health concern that affects both adults and children alike, many of whom aren’t even aware that they’re doing it. Along with being annoying and uncomfortable, teeth grinding can lead to more serious dental issues, including damage to your teeth. The good news is that protecting your teeth from the effects of grinding and clenching is easy with the help of a custom night guard. Check out these five signs that you might benefit from wearing a night guard before scheduling your consultation with Dr. Figueiredo’s friendly team at Thrive Dental Studio.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition that occurs when a person grinds or clenches their teeth. It’s estimated that up to 10% of adults and 15% of children have bruxism. No one knows what causes bruxism, but some lifestyle factors could make you more likely to experience it, including stress, smoking, and taking certain medications.
What is TMD?
Your temporomandibular joints are what connect both sides of your jaw to your skull, allowing your lower jaw to move up, down, and side to side. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) develops when there is a problem with these joints or the muscles that surround them. While it’s often unclear what causes TMD disorders, bruxism may contribute to it. The best way to treat TMD is to address the source of the problem. If bruxism is the cause of your TMD, wearing a dental night guard may help in managing your symptoms.
Signs You Might Need A Night Guard
Even though many people with bruxism aren’t aware that they grind their teeth, particularly if they do so at night, it’s common for teeth grinding to exhibit other signs. Here are 5 signs that you could have bruxism and might need to wear an occlusal guard at night:
- Unexplained damage to your teeth, such as worn enamel, chipped teeth, or damage to your dental restorations
- Pain, such as headache, earache, or jaw pain, especially after waking up in the morning
- Clicking or popping in your jaw
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Waking up during the night
If you notice one or more of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist sooner than later. If the dentist diagnoses you with bruxism, they can create a custom mouth guard for you to wear while you sleep. This can help protect your teeth and treat your symptoms.
How Does a Night Guard Help?
Night guards are dental appliances that can reduce the friction that occurs when you grind your teeth together. This is important in order to prevent further damage and prevent enamel from wearing away over time. Likewise, a custom nightguard can alleviate some of the pressure that from your upper and lower teeth grinding and clenching can produce. Managing the pressure caused by bruxism can help relieve the jaw, ear, and head pain that can develop from long-term teeth grinding. At Thrive Dental Studio, we make custom mouth guards that will fit the shape and size of your mouth perfectly, ensuring that you sleep comfortably without having to worry about it shifting or falling out.
Occlusal Guards at Thrive Dental Studio
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism or TMD, or if you have experienced any of these 5 signs, the trusted team at Thrive Dental Studio can help. Wearing a custom mouth guard at night can relieve your discomfort, protect your oral health, and improve your quality of sleep. Don’t wait to find the relief that you deserve. Contact our dental office in Portland, ME, today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Figueiredo. We look forward to exceeding your expectations with our compassionate, comfortable, and convenient dental services!