Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common problem. Over time, teeth that come in contact with each other will start to become damaged. The TMJs will also be affected in the long run. These are joints that connect our lower jawbone to the rest of our skulls. Through their movement, our jaws open and close, allowing us to speak and chew. At Claremont Dental Group in Claremont, NH, we recommend night guards to protect patients’ teeth from the hazards of teeth grinding.
By placing a night guard over your teeth before going to bed, you’ll protect your teeth from each other. The night guard will come between them and reduce the stress on your TMJs. There are three main types of night guards that you can get.
The cheapest options include over-the-counter and boil-and-bite night guards. Over-the-counter night guards come in fixed sizes. Boil-and-bite mouth guards are a little more flexible. They should be placed in boiling water to become more adaptable when placed in the mouth. By biting on them, they will take the shape of your teeth. Be sure not to do this while they’re boiling. Let them cool down first.
The best and most effective option is to get a custom-made night guard at the dentist’s office. These night guards are more expensive but are made specifically for your teeth. At Claremont Dental Group, we’ll measure your teeth accurately using a mold or digital scanner and send the measurements for manufacturing. If you’re looking for custom-made night guards in Claremont, we’re here to help.
Teeth grinding can sometimes be due to malocclusion. If that’s the case, we might recommend an alternative form of treatment aimed at straightening your teeth like braces. Stress is one of the major causes of bruxism. Finding ways to prevent and control stress can go a long way in stopping teeth grinding. Some patients wear night guards until they find other outlets for stress.
Teeth grinding is a common problem that affects about 10-15% of adults in the United States. If you wake up with a sore jaw or teeth, it might be time to visit a dentist near you for a night guard.