Bruxism is the technical name for teeth grinding or clenching the jaw, that sometimes happens to people as they sleep. Actually, it can happen while awake as well but is more common and destructive while sleeping. Excessive tooth wear and the development of Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome are the results of bruxism. The good news is it’s easy to treat by using a night guard for your teeth. Come to our office for preventative dental treatment and we’ll make you a custom night guard for your teeth, designed to protect your teeth while you are sleeping. Contact West Hill Family Dental today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.
Night Guards for Bruxism
Save Your Teeth from the Grind
The primary causes of bruxism stem from stress and anxiety. The most common symptoms include sore jaw muscles, joints, teeth, or dull headaches. The results can be quite destructive and even painful.
How Night Guards Help with Bruxism
- The simplest solution and first step to defeating bruxism is using a custom-made mouth guard. If you’re unaware that you have bruxism, Dr. Hemphill will be able to identify it during your check-up. Once identified he can start the process of fabricating your custom night guard. The night guard is made in three steps:
- First, an impression of your teeth is taken. The impression ensures a perfect custom fit and makes sleeping much more comfortable compared to over the counter night guards. This impression is used to create a stone model of your teeth which is sent to a dental lab to manufacture your night guard.
- Once the dental lab receives the model, the acrylic material is shaped around the teeth to form a perfect-fitting protective barrier. The night guard can be made for either the upper or lower teeth. After completion, fine adjustments can be made.
- As soon as the night guard has been fabricated, it will be delivered to you at West Hill Family Dental along with proper instructions for wear and care. It will come with a case to protect it when not being worn. The night guard should not cause any discomfort – if it does, let us know.