Nighttime clenching and grinding can lead to a long list of oral health issues. Over time, this habit can lead to worn teeth, muscle strain, migraines, and jaw problems. At New Roc Dental, we can design a custom night guard to alleviate your pain and keep your teeth safe while you sleep.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition where a person clenches or grinds their teeth while they are asleep. This unconscious habit is not only bad for your teeth – it can be harmful to your facial muscles and joints as well. This is a common condition that can easily be treated with the use of a custom night guard.
When ignored, bruxism can cause a variety of painful symptoms including:
- Worn teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth
- Chronic jaw pain
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Facial pain
- Sensitive teeth
What is a Night guard?
A night guard is a small plastic appliance that fits over your teeth. When worn at night, it will protect your teeth from rubbing against each other. This will help alleviate chronic headaches and pains. These appliances can also adjust the position of your jaw, making it easier to breathe as you sleep.
To ensure you are getting the best results, we will design and create a custom night guard for you. To do this, we will take a mold of your teeth and make your appliance with flexible, durable plastic. In many cases, you will be able to choose a style and color. Your finished night guard will be sleek, comfortable, and long-lasting!
Can I Use a Store-Bought Night Guard?
There are three main types of nightguards: one-size-fits-all, boil-and-bite, and custom. You can purchase the first two kinds at most pharmacies and supermarkets. Although cheap, these nightguards are often bulky and uncomfortable. This discourages many patients from wearing them consistently.
Over-the-counter options cannot provide the same level of protection as custom appliances. Investing in a professionally made custom night guard is the best way to ensure your teeth are protected.
Am I a Candidate for a Night guard?
If you notice that your teeth, jaw, or face hurt when you wake up, or if you have chronic headaches, you may be suffering from bruxism. During your consultation with Dr. Wynter, she will discuss your symptoms and help you decide if a night guard is right for you.
If you have questions about night guards and bruxism, contact our office at 914-235-8065. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment!