Protect Your Teeth From Grinding with a Night Guard

by on December 18, 2013 in Family Dentistry
Protect Your Teeth From Grinding with a Night Guard

Teeth grinding is a condition that many adults and children suffer from throughout the world. Although it is not known why some children grind their teeth, it is known that adults suffer from teeth grinding due to stress, which usually results to stress fractures when the condition goes untreated for a long time. Bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding, can be treated by our Cambridge dental office, using our custom-designed Night Guard.

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Some people can go months or years without knowing that they have a moderate to severe teeth grinding problem. This is because most people with Bruxism grind their teeth in their sleep (sleep Bruxism). In most cases, a spouse, family member or friend will make a comment about hearing grinding noises while you’re asleep. Another symptom of teeth grinding include:

  • Molar fractures (have a discoloration)
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Cavities
  • Jaw pain
  • Overdeveloped masseter muscle
  • Damaged saliva glands
  • Broken teeth
  • Swelling and pain

What Causes Teeth Grinding?
Stress is considered to be the leading cause of adult teeth grinding during the day and night. If left untreated for too long, teeth restoration or dental surgery may be required. This can be avoided by seeking the root of the problem and by obtaining counseling and/or taking medications. Meanwhile, Night Guards can be used to help prevent or reduce further damage to your teeth.

Why Use a Custom Dental Night Guard for Teeth Grinding
Although you can go to a pharmacy and purchase a cheap Night Guard for your teeth grinding problem, a custom-designed night guard is recommended. It is made to fit your teeth and jaw perfectly, making it more comfortable to wear during the day or while you’re asleep. Over-the-counter night guards don’t fit everyone’s mouth and can be rather bulky, making it difficult to breathe or speak. Overall, custom-designed night guards are proven to help stop teeth damage, while offering convenience and comfort. Plus, it will be developed based on your case – light to severe teeth grinding.

To have a night guard designed specifically for your teeth grinding problem, give our Cambridge dental office a call now!

 

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