About Night Guards for Bruxism
Bruxism, or grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep, is an everyday problem that affects many men, women, and even children. While the most noticeable symptom is the deterioration of tooth enamel, nocturnal bruxism may also lead to tooth pain, headaches, and gum recession. Discomfort in your neck and shoulders along with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) may also result from a bruxism habit. To guard your mouth and health against the effects of teeth grinding, Gibson Dental Care offers custom night guards to help protect your oral structures from damaging effects. These appliances can also improve the quality of your sleep by reducing jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Custom night guards are made with high-quality materials and fit comfortably in your mouth. To hear more about the benefits of custom night guards for you or your loved ones, set up a consultative visit at our Lancaster, PA dental practice.
Are You Grinding Your Teeth?
A number of signs and symptoms may indicate that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night. You might wake up in the morning with tightness and discomfort in your jaw, headaches, or swelling in your lower face. Other indicators include worn teeth or fillings, chipped enamel, tooth sensitivity, and a receding gumline. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching at night are often caused by stress but could also be brought on by misaligned teeth, allergies, a sleep disorder, certain medications, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), among others. While our experienced team is diagnosing your bruxism, we will also try to determine the cause so your night guard may be combined with other treatments for optimal results and comfort.
The Night Guard Process
Night guards are worn over the upper or lower teeth. These appliances help keep the upper and lower arches in proper relation to one another and can prevent grinding and clenching from occurring while also protecting the teeth. If a bruxism diagnosis is rendered, we can take impressions of your mouth so your custom night guard can be created. Gibson Dental Care will send these impressions along with specific details of your case to a dental laboratory where your specialized night guard will be made from the highest quality materials. After your night guard is complete and sent back to us, you will return to our office for a fitting. We may make small adjustments so that it fits correctly, securely, and comfortably. You will also be given instructions on how to care for your night guard so that it may be long-lasting.
For maximum night guard efficiency, you will need to wear your appliance each night. Your night guard will help to minimize or alleviate the discomfort and dental issues caused by bruxism. If it does not provide the necessary relief, please inform our staff so that we can consider other issues and try alternative treatments. In order to help keep your mouth and night guard in great condition, we recommend that you clean your teeth and appliance prior to and following each use. It is a good idea to bring your bruxism guard to all future appointments so that we can adjust it for comfort as needed and ensure it still fits properly.
Enhance Your Quality of Sleep
Grinding your teeth can lead to discomfort and damage and affect your oral health in a number of ways. Night guards are often an effective option to diminish the sleepless nights caused by the negative side effects of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Custom night guard appliances from Gibson Dental Care can also preserve the overall health of your mouth and help prevent future complications. If this sounds like a solution to your needs or you are interested in learning more, connect with our family dental practice in Lancaster, PA to schedule a consultation with our caring, experienced team.