Do you clench you jaw and grind your teeth? If so, you may benefit from one of the custom-made night guards from our Chino, CA practice. A night guard will fit over your teeth, keeping you from grinding them while you sleep. In this way, your device can prevent the dental damage and serious facial discomfort that often accompany bruxism. Your night guard will also protect your teeth and reduce the risk of structural damage. At Value Dental Centers Chino, we will pay close attention to detail when designing your device. Thus, your night guard will fit comfortably, and you should find it easy to sleep while wearing the appliance.
Are You a Candidate for a Night Guard?
If you regularly grind your teeth while you sleep, you are likely a candidate for a night guard. However, like many patients, you may be unaware that you do so. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism. Signs of this condition can include:
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- Dental erosion
- Hairline cracks in your teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Chronic headaches, especially if they occur soon after you wake up
- Tiny sores on your tongue or inside your cheeks
How Our Night Guards Work
After your dentist determines that a night guard is right for you, he or she will take impressions of all of your teeth. Our partner lab will use the molds to create an appliance made from smooth plastic. With our great precision, your device will fit comfortably, yet snugly, around your teeth. The night guard will fully cover your teeth, preventing the top and bottom dental arches from touching. Because your device will be comfortable and custom-made, you should be able to adjust to it within a few nights.
Other Treatments for Bruxism
Along with your mouth guard, we may suggest other treatments for bruxism. The right option for you will depend on the cause of your teeth grinding. Often, dental misalignment can lead to bruxism. Normally, each top and bottom corresponding tooth will touch when you close your jaws. However, if your teeth are misaligned, you may grind your teeth because jaw muscles are overworked in an attempt to restore proper occlusion. In this case, we may recommend orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign®. Similarly, missing teeth can contribute to bruxism, because remaining teeth can drift out of place, causing malocclusion. In such situations, you may benefit from a traditional or implant-retained dental bridge.
The Importance of Bruxism Treatment
Whether you receive a night guard alone or in conjunction with other treatments, appropriate care can have tremendous benefits. After wearing the device for only a few nights, you may find that your facial discomfort and headaches fade significantly. Bruxism treatment can also prevent serious damage to your teeth. Over time, the constant friction will wear away your dental enamel, increasing your risk for decay. Constant grinding can also create tiny cracks in your teeth, which could grow larger over time. Finally, bruxism treatment can often prevent TMJ Disorder. When you constantly grind your jaw, the pressure can damage your joints and inflame the surrounding muscles. Your appliance will cut back on jaw clenching, thus reducing the force on your TMJs.