Teeth clenching and grinding, also medically referred to as bruxism, is a common condition affecting millions of people. Bruxism is usually painful and destructive to your oral well-being. Individuals who clench their teeth while sleeping are likely to suffer from severe wear and tear of the teeth, dull headaches, jaw soreness, facial pain, and fatigue, among others.
If you’re struggling with teeth grinding, a night guard can come in handy. A night guard, also called bruxism appliance, dental guard or occlusal splint, is a protective device that cushions your teeth against the effects of bruxism. Night guards are special types of mouthguards made specifically to alleviate the forces of teeth grinding, by putting a barrier between your upper and lower jaws.
Night guards can be bought over the counter, but if you want the best fit and enhanced comfort, you should get custom a night guard. Randolph Dental Group is a well-established dental practice that makes custom night guards in Randolph, MA.
People grind their teeth because of several reasons. Stress and anxiety are among the reasons why individuals find themselves clenching their teeth, sometimes even involuntarily and unconsciously. Other factors that may contribute to teeth grinding include severe malocclusion or crooked teeth and sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
Our dentist will be keen to understand why you’re grinding your teeth in order to personalize your treatment. As such, we’ll start with a comprehensive consultation. Next, our dentist creates a mold or impression of your teeth. Using your dental impressions, the dental lab manufactures a custom, well-fitting night guard for you.
For some people, tooth grinding goes undetected, since it happens while they sleep. During your regular dental exams, our dentist will be able to detect if you have a tooth grinding problem based on the wear and tear of your tooth enamel. Your sleeping partner, loved one or roommate may also be in a position to alert you to the existence of this problem.
If you’re showing symptoms of tooth grinding, get in touch with Randolph Dental Group immediately. Our dentist will evaluate you thoroughly and provide the treatments you need to restore your oral health and your overall well-being.