WHAT ARE NIGHT GUARDS?
As we sleep, many of us squeeze, clench, and grind our teeth. Just a little each night can wear the tissues and enamel can wear down, changing the bite. Many times, people awake with sore muscles, a clue their mouths are actually grinding at night. However, many people don’t even experience symptoms, such as jaw pain, headache, or sore muscles in the morning and make no grinding noises while sleeping, but their teeth are being affected.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT NIGHT GUARDS?
More than 8% of the American population grind (bruxism), squeeze, clench, or rub their teeth together during sleep or while under stress or habit during the daytime. If we find evidence of premature wear on your teeth we will let you know. We have technologies such as oral photos that can show you the extent of the wear. Depending on the damage the wear has already caused, we will discuss what we can do together to manage, correct, or lessen the effects of wear.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NIGHT GUARDS?
Few people ever seek treatment for this, yet it is an important strategy in keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime. Our dentists can detect if this occurring and can not only help prevent the wear with oral devices to protect your teeth but can also correct the actual damage to your teeth with restorative measures.