Nightguard for Bruxism – Teeth Grinding
Grinding your teeth in your sleep is not just annoying for others, as it can also cause serious damage to your teeth. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is most common at night or can be a nervous habit when you are awake. Curbing your urge to grind your teeth or clench your jaw can protect your teeth during the day. However, while sleeping, you may need protective gear. Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove offers customized dental nightguards that can protect your smile from teeth grinding.
Your jaw muscles are extremely strong, applying intense pressure when you chew or clench your jaw. This pressure is meant to help you chew and grind tough foods to make them easier to digest. When there is not food in between your upper and lower teeth, that pressure is applied directly to the teeth. This can cause cracks and structural damage. The grinding can remove enamel and put teeth at risk for decay and infection. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can also damage the jaw joint, leading to jaw joint disorders or TMJ/TMD. For those that have bruxism, a dental nightguard can be the best option for nocturnal teeth protection.
Customized Mouthguards for Teeth Grinding
To prevent damage to enamel, tooth structure and the jaw joint from teeth grinding, a mouthguard is recommended. The dentists at Laguna West Dental Care can create a customized dental nightguard that is designed to fit your teeth and is comfortable to wear while you sleep. This layer of protection and adjustment to the jaw can prevent teeth grinding during sleep, protecting your oral health and smile.
If you suffer from bruxism, your teeth and jaw joint could be at risk of damage. Contact our office to schedule a dental exam and fitting for a customized dental mouthguard that can protect your smile while you sleep.