Tooth grinding and clenching is a fairly common issue. Most people who deal with this issue, however, don’t know it. This is because grinding and clenching are most common at night while you are asleep. The only signs are waking up with a sore mouth and possible headache. If you suspect that you grind and clench your teeth at night, Summit Dental Care can help with a nighttime mouthguard.
Recognizing the Signs of Grinding and Clenching
Many people who grind and clench their teeth while they sleep, a condition is also known as bruxism, do so without even knowing it. There are certain signs that can point toward the issue, however. A sore jaw is one of the most common signs. Many people also wake up with headaches. There are other signs that can point toward bruxism as well. These symptoms include tooth damage, excessive tooth wear, tooth sensitivity, gum recession, facial pain, and even neck pain.
What a Mouthguard Does for Bruxism?
A mouthguard is a common treatment for bruxism. This treatment involves the use of an oral device that is similar to a sports mouthguard or whitening tray. It is worn over your teeth while you sleep. The mouthguard helps to protect your teeth when you grind and clench them at night. It does not put a stop to bruxism, but it does help to absorb the impact. In addition to protecting your teeth from harm, it helps to improve your sleep quality and alleviates the pain you experience when you wake up.
Why Get a Custom Mouthguard?
Many pharmacies do carry mouthguards to help deal with bruxism. However, these are not typically recommended. While they are affordable, they may not fit properly, which can present problems. A mouthguard that does not fit properly may fall out, rendering it useless. An ill-fitting mouthguard could interfere with your breathing while you sleep, making it uncomfortable or impossible to wear. It could also hold your jaw in an odd position, which could leave you in even more pain.
We can create a custom fit mouthguard for you right here in our office. This type of mouthguard is made from a digital impression that we take of your mouth. The impression allows us to design a mouthguard that will fit your teeth perfectly. It will not fall out, nor will it interfere with your breathing. Custom mouthguards are also more comfortable than the ones you might find in a store. When your mouthguard fits properly, you are more likely to wear it. Moreover, when you wear it consistently, you will notice a reduction in your morning pain and other symptoms that accompany bruxism.
Is There Anything Else I Can Do?
Mouthguards alleviate bruxism symptoms, but they do not eliminate the issue on their own. There are other things that you can do to help put a stop to bruxism. Depending upon the cause, you may try stress-relief techniques, quitting alcohol or tobacco products, avoiding caffeine before going to bed, orthodontics, or oral surgery. We can help to determine the best course of action to provide you with optimal results.
If you suspect that you are grinding and clenching your teeth at night, a night mouthguard can help. For more information, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 today.