Nightguards, also known as occlusal guards and mouthguards, are custom-made appliances which can aid in the prevention of teeth grinding and preservation of precious tooth enamel.
Bruxism, a condition in which a patient may be grinding their teeth, can be treated with the use of these nightguard devices. Bruxism may also occur due to jaw clamping, and stress related issues. Grinding often occurs involuntarily, especially when an individual is sleeping.
Early detection is the key to preventing any condition that may affect the overall health of your teeth and gums. Consulting with a dental professional at Expressions family Dentistry in Waxhaw or at one of our other locations can determine whether a patient is experiencing the effects of bruxism, which in some cases, may lead to oral muscle spasms and even TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).
Why Consider Nightguards?
Bruxism is a serious oral condition, which can lead to many problems. Grinding or clenching teeth tightly, voluntarily or involuntarily, can damage the tooth enamel, wear down your teeth, irritate your gums, and/or cause a temporomandibular joint disorder. Further, teeth grinding, which often occurs involuntarily at night when sleeping, can also disturb your partner’s sleep.
In order to avoid all these issues, dentists in our office recommend nightguards. These appliances are similar to mouth guards, which athletes wear to protect their teeth from any accidental injuries. Wearing nightguards creates a barrier between your top and bottom sets of teeth. They are custom-made, so they fit comfortably and allow you to breathe properly while you are sleeping.
Here are some benefits of using nightguards:
- Prevent teeth grinding, and eventually tooth damage.
- Prevent temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
- Ease pain and headaches, which are often associated with bruxism.
- Prevent snoring and breathing problems.
- Improve sleep patterns.
For the high quality, perfect-fit nightguards, residents in Waxhaw can contact Expressions family dental with any questions.