How Can Night Guards Affect Bruxism?

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Have you ever had a jaw ache in the morning? Have you ever noticed that your teeth are becoming worn down? You may have bruxism. Grinding, gnashing, or clenching your teeth is known as bruxism.

You may subconsciously clench or grind your teeth while sleeping if you have bruxism. Several things can induce bruxism. It can run in families, but it can also strike those with no family history of teeth grinding. Bruxism can result from stress, anxiety, improper dental alignment, and some sleep disorders, including sleep apnea.

What are the Symptoms of Teeth Grinding?

Grinding your teeth at night can lead to a variety of problems. Some are less severe than others, but they can lead to long-term dental issues.

  • Pain in the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jaw to the skull
  • Have chipped, dulled, or fractured teeth
  • Your jaws are more sensitive than usual
  • When you open and close your mouth, you may hear a clicking or popping sound
  • Tooth enamel loss
  • An increase in dull headaches
  • You can’t fully open or close your mouth

Why Should you get a Night Guard?

Most cases of bruxism can be readily addressed by sleeping with a night guard on your teeth. Dental guards, mouth guards, nocturnal bite plates, and bite splints are all terms for night protectors for teeth. They function by forming a barrier between your teeth.

The night guard for teeth helps relieve tension and cushion the muscles in your jaw when you clench your jaw. This cushioning relieves facial and jaw pain and protects your teeth’s enamel. They resemble snoring cures in appearance. Nightguards are simply used to reduce the damage caused by teeth grinding and the pain associated with the disorder.

No one is exempted when it comes to teeth grinding. People of all ages may experience teeth grinding regardless of their oral health issues.

To avoid long-term consequences, it’s critical to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to joint pain, fractured teeth, and tooth loss.

Getting a night guard might seem expensive, but it’s much cheaper than hours of painful dental work. We also encourage you to bring your night guard to your dental hygiene visits so we can inspect and clean it. We have seen many of these guards last over ten years with proper care and maintenance.

McCall Dental is your NE Calgary Dentist that offers night guards to help you prevent the effects of bruxism. Call us at 587-747-0888 to book an appointment.