If you grind your teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism, you need to protect your teeth from harm. At McLane Family Dental, it would be our pleasure to help you. People of all ages grind their teeth, and we have a wide variety of solutions that can be helpful. One of the top options is a dental nightguard, sometimes called an occlusal guard. Learn more about dental nightguards below, and reach out to us to schedule an appointment with a dentist from our team.
How Does a Dental Nightguard Work?
A dental nightguard is designed to act as a protective layer between your top and bottom rows of teeth. In addition to protecting your teeth from grinding against each other and wearing down your enamel, professionally-fabricated dental nightguards can be calibrated to minimize the intensity of the grinding habit, reducing the likelihood of teeth cracking and problems with the jaw joints.
Who Needs a Dental Nightguard?
There are several signs that indicate that you could benefit from a dental nightguard. Some of the biggest red flags that could indicate that you need a dental nightguard include:
You wake up in the morning with a lot of jaw pain, muscle tension, facial soreness, or earaches.
You sometimes wake up with a terrible headache that makes it hard for you to get going in the morning.
You or your dentist has noticed your enamel is getting ground down.
Your partner has told you that they hear you grinding your teeth at night.
This is a problem that you need to address as quickly as possible, and a dental nightguard can help you.
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There are several reasons why you should wear a dental nightguard at night. They include:
Protecting your enamel, preventing you from wearing down your teeth any further.
Reducing the likelihood of teeth cracking and breaking
Reducing jaw tension and pain, which can help you feel better in the morning and throughout the day
We will work with you personally to help you determine if a nightguard is right for you, find the best nightguard to meet your needs.
We want to help you protect your teeth from harm. This may mean wearing a dental nightguard. If you grind your teeth, a dental nightguard can help you protect your enamel and preserve your teeth for years to come. We have plenty of treatment options available, so contact us today to schedule an appointment with our office!