Illustration of a blonde woman wearing a nightguard to protect her teeth as she sleeps

How to Know If You Need a Nightguard

November 30, 2022 10:54 pm

Nightguards are custom-fitted to sit snugly over your teeth. By covering the teeth, the material of the nightguard protects them from the impact of bruxism that would otherwise result in abnormal wear and tear or other dental problems.

A nightguard is a great way to protect your teeth from damage if you grind your teeth. Here’s how to know if you need one!

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, puts pressure on the teeth and gums. Often, this occurs during sleep. Over time, the pressure can lead to dental damage, jaw pain, headaches, and other issues. If you’re not sure if you are grinding your teeth at night, look for these signs that let you know if you need a nightguard:

Morning Headaches

Do you regularly wake up with a headache? Especially ones that range from mild to intense and around the sides of your head? Morning headaches are a common sign of teeth grinding.

Unexplained Tooth Damage

Teeth are durable but can only withstand so much pressure. Constant grinding can lead to dental damage. Whether this is cracks in the teeth, different lengths, flat molars, or tooth sensitivity, the unexplained damage may be a sign you are teeth grinding at night.

Teeth Pain & Jaw Soreness

Stress and strain from grinding can inflame your jaw muscles and gums. If you wake up with tooth pain, a stiff jaw, or another ache around your face, this is another sign you may be teeth grinding.

Benefits of a Nightguard

  • Are comfortable and easy to use
  • Promote better sleep
  • Are versatile and cost-effective
  • Save you pain and money by preventing tooth damage

Nightguards are an effective way to combat the negative effects of bruxism. The barrier created between the teeth not only protects the teeth from damage but also encourages the jaw muscles to relax.

Custom Nightguards in Munford, TN

If you notice any signs of teeth grinding, please schedule an appointment at our office. Our experienced team can examine your teeth and determine if a custom nightguard is right for you!

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