Do You Need a Night Guard?
Wondering if you require a night guard? Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common problem many experience. It often occurs due to stress, however it can also happen while sleeping. If not corrected, teeth grinding eventually wears down teeth to the point where they can no longer meet. This results in a slew of problems, including jaw pain and possibly spasms in the neck muscles. If you think it may be time for a night guard, check out what your favorite Santa Clarita dentist wants you to know:
Symptoms of bruxism should not be ignored, and include a grinding sound at night, rhythmic jaw muscle contractions, tight or painful jaw muscles, long-lasting facial pain, and swelling in the lower jaw. If experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to discuss them with your Santa Clarita dentist.
Standard mouthguards used to protect athletes during rough play are often very thick. Night guards are much thinner, and therefore easier to fit. They will not interfere with a good night’s rest.
The type of night guard you need depends on your grinding pattern. For example, if grinding mainly occurs over your six front teeth, you’ll need a smaller night guard compared to those who grind incisors and molars. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to determine your grinding pattern and what kind of night guard is best for you.
Diligent wearing of a night guard results in a serious reduction in bruxism symptoms and related problems. No cure for bruxism exists, and night guards are subsequently one of the best defenses against this problem.
Give yourself the gift of a night guard! It is a worthy investment if you’re experiencing ongoing issues with bruxism.
For more on night guards and other services available through your favorite Santa Clarita dentist, please contact Aesthetic Dental and Specialty Center today.
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