Have you been told that you would benefit from a dental nightguard? A nightguard is a removable device worn while you sleep. It helps keep you from grinding and clenching your teeth. The act of grinding and clenching is also called bruxism. Unfortunately, it is difficult to curb a nighttime grinding and clenching habit without the help of a nightguard.
A custom-fit nightguard is made especially for you. It fits comfortably over your teeth and prohibits your top teeth from touching your bottom teeth. Many people use a nightguard on their upper teeth, and not their lower teeth. However, some people require a guard on both the top and the bottom. Every person’s teeth and jaw are unique, so it’s important to talk with your dentist to determine a solution to meet your individual needs.
Here are the top 9 reasons to consider a dental nightguard:
You grind and clench your teeth at night while you’re sleeping. Grinding and clenching your teeth while sleeping leads to several common oral health problems. Not only does it weaken your teeth, but it also leads to muscle aches and a tired jaw.
Your jaw hurts during the day. Nighttime grinding and clenching results in jaw pain and tenderness. A nightguard prevents this and helps solve the problem of an aching jaw.
You experience headaches during the day. If you have regular, unexplained headaches during the day, a nightguard might be the solution.
Your teeth are chipped or cracked. Repetitive grinding and clenching at night while you’re sleeping weakens your teeth and can lead to chipping or cracking.
You have dental crowns, dental implants, dentures, or fillings. Wearing a nightguard protects dental restorations and dental prosthesis from damage due to grinding and clenching. A nightguard is a solution to the potential for costly dental repairs.
You grind your teeth at night and the noise bothers your housemate(s). Grinding your teeth at night makes noise. This noise may be loud and bothersome to anyone else living in your house.
Your teeth are showing extreme wear. Grinding and clenching causes teeth to weaken. It also causes the enamel on your teeth to wear down, which leaves you more susceptible to decay.
Your cheeks are painful in the morning. During the process of grinding and clenching while sleeping, you might inadvertently bite or harm the inside of your cheeks. This is painful and causes swelling and soreness.
A nightguard is comfortable. People with a nightguard are comfortable wearing it. The nightguard also eliminates jaw pain and other discomforts, so users look forward to placing it over their teeth before going to sleep.
A Nightguard Prevents Tooth Damage
A dental nightguard is a simple and common solution to bruxism. Grinding and clenching causes irreversible damage that is easily preventable with a nightguard. Next time you’re in the office, let Dr. Bieneman evaluate your teeth and determine if you’d benefit from a nightguard. If so, we will create a custom-fit guard that is comfortable and beneficial to your teeth and oral health.