Mouthguards/Night Guards/Bruxism

Image of a mouthgaurdHere at Perrinville Family Dentistry we make custom-made night mouthguards for clients with teeth grinding issues. Night mouthguards are worn by people who grind their teeth while they sleep. While many people might not realize they have a teeth grinding condition. It ends up causing TMD (temporomandibular disorder). TMD is a jaw disorder that makes you feel pain while you flex your jaws and can be so noisy as to bother your sleeping partners. Teeth grinding is kept in check by wearing night mouthguards.

Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism. The condition causes pressure on your teeth and jaws, and you’ll wake up with subtle headaches or aching jaws. According to the American Dental Association, 10 to 15 percent of adults in the United States suffer bruxism.

When Should You Consider Getting Night Mouthguards?

As mentioned above, teeth grinding often happens when you are sleeping. Many people, even after waking up with discomfort, will not know what’s ailing them. If you wake up every day with a sore jaw, tooth pain, or a subtle headache, you need to get checked for bruxism. You might also experience tight and painful jaw muscles or prolonged facial pain. You might also note unexplained chipping or cracks on your teeth. Also, if you have a sleeping partner, they might inform you of you making grinding noise at night as well. All these are reasons for you to get checked and possibly get a night mouthguard.

When you come to our dental clinics with a bruxism problem, our dentist will most likely recommend a night mouthguard. They will take an impression of your teeth and jaws, which is then used to model a custom-made night mouthguard. It is important to get your mouthguard from a professional so that they can ensure it fits perfectly. Custom-made mouthguards are the best because they offer the best fit and are quite comfortable to wear.

Boil and bite mouthguards are also available in pharmacies. To wear them, you boil them in water until there are soft. Allow them to cool down a little bit and bite into them while they are still soft. They will adhere to your jaws and teeth as they cool down completely. You must ensure they fit perfectly on your jaws and you should never wear mouthguards as you sleep if they do not fit properly.

Mouthguards Can Help Prevent Dental Damage

As mentioned earlier, night mouthguards will protect your teeth from grinding and clenching, and hence avoid challenges such as TMD and chipped or cracked teeth. Regardless of where you get your night mouthguards, you need to ensure they can offer your teeth enough protection.

We offer high-quality night mouthguards to ensure you don’t grind your teeth at night, and they remain in perfect condition. Call Perrinville Family Dentistry at (425) 616-0620 today to find out more about how night mouthguards can protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.
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