Are you feeling tired during the day? Are you experiencing chronic jaw pain? You may be suffering from the consequences of nighttime bruxism. Fortunately, wearing a custom night guard can help protect your teeth and ease the pain that accompanies this common condition.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the act of grinding or clenching your teeth at night. People more commonly do this in their sleep, so it can be difficult to keep under control. Bruxism is increasing in cases as our society changes to, at times, create more stressful work environments.
Bruxism can cause many unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Morning headaches
- Jaw soreness
- Daytime fatigue
- TMJ problems
Ways a Night Guard Can Protect Your Teeth
Since you cannot control what you do in your sleep, wearing a night guard can help minimize the damage bruxism causes. It provides a protective barrier between your teeth, so they do not rub against each other. This will prevent and jaw pain when you wake up.
How Do We Make Your Night Guard?
Your night guard will be custom-created for your comfort. Our dentist and team will take an impression of your teeth to create a mold for fabrication at a dental lab. Once it is made and returned to our office, we will ask you to come back and try it on to ensure it fits properly.
Night guards are made from durable materials to ensure they last a couple of years before needing a replacement.
Do You Need a Night Guard to Protect Your Teeth?
Grinding your teeth at night can lead to serious dental problems, but getting a custom night guard made at Brighten Dental can keep your TMJ and teeth protected. If you are interested in learning more about night guards in Bowling Green, Kentucky, please contact our office at 270-770-0250 to set up an appointment with Dr. Chrislyn Fite.