If you wake up in the morning and experience pain in your jaws or from your teeth, then you might clench your teeth at night. You usually won’t know that this happens until you begin experiencing symptoms. Fortunately, night guards can be worn at night and can usually help with these issues, protecting your teeth in the process.
When you begin wearing your night guard, it will begin to take the tension off of your jaw joints as well as the muscles in your mouth. However, the piece is lightweight, making it comfortable to sleep while it’s in your mouth. Night guards can be designed by our dentist so that it fits in your mouth as everyone’s mouth is different. After wearing the guard for a short time, you’ll notice that your jaw isn’t as tense as it once was, which can decrease some of the symptoms that you’ve been experiencing.
Clenching your jaws and your teeth at night can often result in headaches. These headaches are often located in the temporal region as this is where a lot of the pressure comes from when you’re jaws are tightened. Aside from headache relief, you’ll probably begin to notice that the muscles in your neck aren’t as tense after wearing a night guard, which can further reduce pain and discomfort that you experience.
When you constantly keep pressure exerted on your teeth, even if you don’t know that it’s taking place, then significant damage could occur. The enamel can begin to deteriorate. Your teeth could become cracked or chipped. Any fillings in your mouth could become damaged. A benefit of wearing night guards is that you’ll protect your teeth so that you won’t need to have a lot of repair work done by our dentist and so that you can keep the smile that you desire.
Another benefit of wearing a night guard is that you can get a good night’s sleep. When you keep waking up at night because you’re in pain from your teeth and jaws, it can be difficult to go back to sleep. This can mean that you’re irritable during the day and that you don’t have the energy that you need in order to complete necessary tasks. A night guard can give you the sleep that you need once again.
Learn more about how night guards can benefit the health of your mouth as well as other areas of your body by reaching out to us at Brevard Smiles. We are conveniently located in Rockledge and Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!