Bruxism Nightguards: A Simple Fix For Teeth Grinding
Do you ever wake up with jaw pain or a headache? These are a couple of telltale signs of bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding and clenching. Over time, it can wreak havoc on your smile. Fortunately, it can be prevented with a bruxism nightguard from your dentist in Calgary.
Background on bruxism
Bruxism can occur in the daytime while we’re awake and when we sleep. In the day, it’s an involuntary reaction to stress, anger, or fear. For some, it happens multiple times throughout the day, even if no immediate stressor is present. With nighttime bruxism, you’re unable to control what your mouth is doing. An enormous amount of force can be generated by your jaw – up to 250 pounds’ worth!
Damage that can be inflicted on your smile includes:
- Eroded, painful, and loose teeth
- Damaged restorations (crowns, fillings, etc.)
- TMJ problems.
Not everyone experiences serious side effects. The extent of symptoms and long-term consequences depend on the severity of grinding, diet, alignment of your teeth, and if you have other conditions that can impact your teeth, such as GERD.
How bruxism nightguards help
If your bruxism is mild, you might not need to undergo treatment from our team. If it’s ongoing, then yes, you’ll want to do something about it. First, we’ll conduct a thorough examination of your smile. We’ll look at your gums, cheeks, and teeth. A bruxism nightguard will act as a barrier, preventing teeth from making contact while you’re asleep. It will also alleviate tension in your jaw muscles. Nightguards are available at the local pharmacy, but our version is superior because it’s custom-fitted to your smile and will feel great.
If you believe you’re grinding your teeth at night, get in touch with us right away. We’ll get you in as soon as possible. We want to help prevent extensive damage to your smile.