If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, you may want to ask your dentist if you are suffering from a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is also known as teeth grinding, or teeth clenching, and affects 10-15% of adults, according to the American Dental Association. The most damaging effect of teeth grinding is the deterioration of the tooth enamel. Persistent, untreated bruxism can result in deterioration of the enamel, compromising the integrity of your teeth and often resulting in excruciating pain. If the teeth grinding continues unattended, the affected teeth may even need to be removed by a dentist. One of the most common ways prescribed by dentists to alleviate the effects of bruxism is through a dental night guard. This is an appliance worn during the night that acts as a barrier between your top and teeth. Generally mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances, your dentist may suggest a mouth guard for your lower teeth as well.
How To Know If You Need a Mouth Guard
If you grind your teeth at night, you should consider a dental night guard. The night guard will provide a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. Your dentist will custom fit a night guard to your mouth for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. In order to do this, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. Dental night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years. If you want to discuss a dental night guard, contact your local dentists at SPS Dental and we can help!