Grinding your teeth at night while you are sleeping is a common problem. A night guard protects teeth for those who tend to clench their teeth at night since clenching can result in irreversible damage to the teeth if it's not treated. Unfortunately, regular teeth grinding can result in dental problems, since grinding has the potential to damage the surface of your teeth and even shorten the teeth. In some cases, constant grinding of teeth can even break previous dental work or fracture the tooth itself. The best way to protect your teeth and previous dental work from teeth grinding is to get a night guard from your local dentist.
Some patients realize that their teeth are dealing with wear and tear due to their constant clenching and grinding at night while sleeping. To avoid wear and tear to the teeth, it's important to place a night guard in your mouth before going to sleep. Individuals who have bruxism are advised to make use of their night guards whenever they sleep. What is bruxism? It's a condition that involves excessive grinding and clenching of your teeth while sleeping. When this happens regularly, your jaw joint is put under a lot of pressure, which may result in other health issues. Individuals who have bruxism often complain of ear pain, neck pain, and recurring headaches, which can all be related to bruxism.
Make an Appointment at Camas Dentistry for a Fitting
If you need a nightguard, you'll need to make an appointment at Camas Dentistry. These guards need to be customized for your mouth to ensure a proper fit. Usually, you'll need to visit your dentist in Camas, Washington a couple times for teeth impressions and bite records. If the guard fits correctly on the second visit, then the teeth will have good protection. However, if it still feels a bit uncomfortable, talk to the dentist and have it adjusted so you have the perfect, comfortable fit.
Call us today at 360-837-5992 if you need a nightguard! We can set up an appointment and provide you with more information.