Bruxism, Nightguards & Mouthguards
What Is Bruxism?
If you wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, you may want to ask a qualified dental professional if you are suffering from a common, though often temporary dental disorder called bruxism. Patients with bruxism may find that they are clenching or grinding their teeth while they sleep. This can have negative and severe effects on your teeth, even if you are doing it for only short periods of time. Patients who grind or clench their teeth can flatten their teeth, losing those divots or grooves that assist in chewing. Wearing down, or grinding our teeth, can be costly to repair. Patients who grind their teeth while they sleep may find that they are experiencing some of the following symptoms:
Patients who clench their teeth may cause fractures and breakage of their teeth. This can be both painful and expensive for the patient. Patients who are clenching their teeth while they sleep may find they are experiencing some of the following symptoms:
Nightguards for Bruxism
A nightguard is a plastic device that we customize to fit comfortably inside your mouth. This will serve as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, protecting them from the effects of bruxism (clenching or grinding) while you sleep. They fit over your teeth so you will not feel like you have a mouthful of plastic. In most situations, your symptoms of bruxism will subside after a brief time, so it only needs to be worn during those times.
People have periods of stress in their normal daily lives. Some people subconsciously respond to these times of stress by grinding or clenching their teeth while they sleep. In most cases, people are not aware they are doing this, but the effects are evident.
There are devices that can help with grinding or bruxism. At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, we customize a nightguard device to fit comfortably in your mouth while you sleep, protecting your teeth. Bruxism is often a passing phase, but the damage that it can cause can give a patient lifelong frustration, and very expensive results. This can be managed with the creation and wearing of a nightguard. If you have painful jaws or teeth, and think you might be clenching or grinding, give us a call at (860) 331-8748 to schedule your consultative appointment.
What Is a Mouthguard
When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, wrestling or football, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can also experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics, and skating.
There Are Three Types of Mouthguards:
The mouthguard which is recommended is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, if you can't afford a custom-fitted mouthguard, you should still wear a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the drugstore. Give us a call at (860) 331-8748 to learn more about your options.