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Night Guards

Many times, we can find ourselves waking up to a stiff jaw, a small headache, some tooth pain, etc. It can be to the point where sometimes you cannot even open your mouth all the way, which can be a scary experience. We might tend to think it is just something we have to adapt to, but the reality is that you might be suffering from bruxism.
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What is bruxism?

When you are grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, it’s called bruxism. Grinding is when you slide your teeth back and forth over each other. Clenching means you tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together. Bruxism is something that children and adults of any age may do.
Many people with bruxism wake themselves up during the night with a loud grating or grinding sound. The sound may even be loud enough that other people can hear it. However, bruxism can also be silent.

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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND
SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM?

People who suffer from bruxism may have one or more of these symptoms:

  • worn or cracked teeth or fillings
  • frequent toothaches
  • sensitive teeth
  • headache or earache
  • sore jaw
  • jaw clicking
  • facial pain
  • marks from pressing your teeth into your tongue
  • trouble sleeping

What causes

bruxism?

Stress, sleep disorders and a bite that is not normal (malocclusion) are some things that may play a role. What is causing you to grind your teeth may not be known for sure.

Your dentist can see if you have bruxism by checking for cracks in your enamel, unusual wear spots on your teeth, and looking at any related symptoms. Regular dental checkups are important to find damage in the early stages. Dr. Tyler can help manage bruxism and the related symptoms, as well as repair your teeth if necessary and help prevent further damage.

How is bruxism

treated?

A night guard is one of the best solutions to alleviating bruxism. Night guards are custom-made by your dentist from plastic (acrylic resin). The night guard slips over your upper or lower teeth and prevents them from touching. It protects your teeth, helps keep them from wearing down, and provides rest for your jaw.

Importantly, night guards can protect your investment in restorative dentistry. Clenching and grinding can damage otherwise healthy fillings, crowns, or implant restorations. This can lead to the need for premature replacement. Wearing a night guard can extend the lifespan of your dental prosthetics and is highly recommended by Dr. Tyler.

A well-made night guard, properly fit and adjusted, is also capable of preventing many of the symptoms related to temporomandibular disorder (TMD). When used in this capacity, they are often referred to as an occlusal appliance, stabilization appliance, bite splint, or bite guard. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Tyler has received advanced training to make these appliances. In order to be an effective treatment to alleviate the symptoms of TMD, the appliance needs to be adjusted in a very precise way, sometimes taking multiple chairside adjustments to achieve the desired relief to your symptoms. If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMD, make sure to talk to Dr. Tyler to find out whether or not an occlusal appliance is the right option for you.
For any further questions about night guards do not hesitate to ask us.

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