Millions of people deal with teeth grinding, commonly referred to as bruxism on a regular basis. This dental disorder can create many problems that can be costly and invasive to correct. For this reason, having a specially-made night guard that you can wear regularly will help to be proactive in preventing the after effects of having bruxism.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism refers to habitual tooth grinding that is most often done at night. Many people don’t even realize that they are grinding their teeth until they begin to experience problems. Some of the most common signs that you’re a grinder include:
- Headaches upon waking up
- Tooth cracking and breaking
- Jaw soreness
- Worn-down crown cusps
- TMJ problems
Why Night Guards are Important
Night guards prevent people from grinding down to the point of affecting their teeth. The mouth guard acts like a protective bumper between the top and bottom teeth and is especially important for patients who grind at night and who are unaware that they are even doing it.
Why Have One Professionally Made?
Here at Contemporary Dental Care of Mt. Vernon, we are more than happy to help custom create the mouth guard that you’ll wear at night to prevent grinding your teeth. Professionally-made night guards are preferred because they fit better and provide more of a comfortable experience, especially for an appliance that is going to be worn on a nightly basis. Night guards should be replaced every few years to ensure that they are still comfortable and effective to wear.
If you want a mouth guard for your bruxism, contact us today!