During sleep, some patients may experience clenching and grinding of the teeth. This condition, known as bruxism, is a condition that can be not just an inconvenience to patients, but can result in a variety of problems. Bruxism can cause patients to experience constant tension and pain in the jaw area and even wake up with headaches and migraines. It can also result in broken restorations, worn teeth, and gaps between the teeth when pressure levels are high. When patients are dealing with routine dental problems due to bruxism, it may be time to speak to a professional about wearing a dental nightguard.
What is a dental nightguard?
Dental nightguards are oral appliances that are used to protect the smile when patients experience problems such as bruxism. These plastic mouthguards are worn at night while patients sleep. They reduce the tension in the jaw muscles associated with bruxism while protecting the teeth and dental restorations from damage. Many patients who use nightguards on a daily basis will find that their dental problems are significantly reduced and morning headaches and jaw pain eliminated entirely.
How do I know if I need a nightguard?
Patients who have been diagnosed with bruxism or similar conditions such as TMJ/TMD may benefit from wearing a dental nightguard. During an evaluation, patients can speak to their dentist about their conditions to decide if they are a good candidate for nightguards. Sometimes unusual wear and tear on the natural teeth and routinely broken restorations lead the dentist to encourage patients to use nightguards to reduce their dental expenses while protecting their smile from further damage. Physical changes in the smile can often lead to a definitive diagnosis of bruxism by a dentist.
Request an appointment at Peters Dental Associates
If you reside in or around the Houston, TX area and are interested in speaking with a professional regarding nightguards, call (281) 486-8061 today to request a consultation visit. Dr. M. H. Peters and his team provide a selectin of solutions for a wide range of dental concerns and offer the best dentistry has to offer in general, cosmetic, and reconstructive solutions.