Have you found yourself waking up with headaches or tooth or jaw pain, but cannot seem to place what the cause may be? Did you know it is possible to clench your jaw or grind your teeth as you sleep, but you are not able to really have any control over this habit? Night guards are here to help. These dental appliances are a critical tool for proactive and preventative oral care to discourage habits associated with bruxism. Learn more during a consultation with Brevard Smiles at one of our Florida offices in Indian Harbour Beach or Rockledge!
What Are Night Guards?
Night guards are custom, removable dental appliances that combat chronic teeth grinding or jaw clenching, particularly when you are asleep. While they do not necessarily stop these habits from actually happening, they can protect your teeth from the impacts of these acts.
For most people, the act of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw is completely involuntary, and there is not much to do to prevent it. This habit can be influenced by the anxiety or stress of everyday life, but having a more aggressive personality type can make an impact. However, one of the most popular causes is a condition called bruxism.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition related to the unconscious, chronic habit of grinding your teeth while asleep. Common side effects:
- Broken teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
Bruxism can put major wear and tear on your teeth as excessive force is put on them. It can also damage tooth enamel as well as jaw joints and muscles.
Night guards can help prevent your teeth from being put into the vulnerable states that the damage of constant grinding can put them in.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If your unconscious sleep habits are causing you pain in your daily life, it may be time to enlist the help of night guards. A consultation with our team in Florida can help determine if you could benefit from one of these dental appliances.
Night guards can also be used to protect and maintain the results of other oral procedures. They are commonly recommended to those who have received bridges, crowns, or veneers.
Results from using night guards will vary. They can be an important tool in preventing the worsening of other oral health conditions. However, it is important to still practice proper oral hygiene and seek regular dental care.
Schedule Your Consultation!
Concerned you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep, contact us today at Brevard Smiles! Schedule your consultation to discuss the benefits of night guards with our team. Dr. Glenn LoSasso, DDS, and his team proudly serve Florida with offices in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge. Take a proactive step for your oral health today!