Do you grind your teeth at night? Not only can this nighttime habit be frustrating for those who hear it, but tooth grinding is also very damaging to your teeth. If our prosthodontist, Dr. George Eifler, and team notice signs of grinding on the enamel of your teeth, they may recommend that you wear a night guard while you sleep. We can fit you for a custom night guard in Phoenix, Arizona, at Valley Dental Group. Feel free to contact our office at 602-956-2260 if you have any questions.
You may be suffering from bruxism if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth at night. It is a condition that affects millions of people and is commonly caused by tension and stress. Symptoms of bruxism include:
- Waking up with a headache or sore jaw
- Teeth that are worn down, flattened or chipped
- Sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or food
If you think you may be suffering from bruxism, it is important to see our prosthodontist, who will be able to diagnose the condition and recommend treatments. While there is no cure for bruxism, these treatments can help lessen the symptoms and protect your teeth from damage. The most common solution is wearing a night guard, which helps to protect your teeth from grinding.
Night guards are custom made to fit your mouth exactly. These may be more expensive than over-the-counter night guards, but they will provide the best fit and the most comfort in the long run. They are created from an impression of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit and maximum comfort. Over-the-counter night guards are not as effective in preventing bruxism, but they may be a good option if you have a milder case and are looking for a more affordable option.
Night guards are placed over your teeth to create a barrier between them while you sleep. This prevents your teeth from coming into contact with each other and eliminates the damage that can be caused by grinding. Wearing a night guard also helps to prevent you from clenching your jaw, which can lead to headaches and pain in the jaw joint.
If bruxism is keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep, come in to Valley Dental Group to see our prosthodontist, who can create custom night guards to help you get a better sleep.