Our dentist can prevent damage and relieve pain with night guards
Do you find yourself clenching your jaw as a reaction to stress? Do you grind your teeth as you sleep? Night grinding may go away on its own in some cases, but if it does not, you could risk damaging your smile. Our dentist can prevent that damage and relieve the headaches and jaw pain that come with this problem. Call our office at 508-830-3339 for an appointment with Dr. Sandra L. MacDonald for a night guard in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
What are night guards?
Night guards are a type of oral appliance used to protect your teeth while you sleep. These customized mouth guards are most frequently used to treat bruxism (habitual teeth grinding and clenching) but may also be recommended for TMJ disorders or other problems. While bruxism can occur at any time, it is most common at night. As a result, many individuals who have bruxism are unaware of the condition because it occurs while they are asleep.
Common signs of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching include:
- Chronic jaw, facial and ear pain
- Frequent migraines and tension headaches
- A tired or tight feeling in the jaw when waking up
- Excessive tooth wear
- Chipped, flat, cracked or worn teeth
- Indentations on the sides of the tongue
- Increased tooth sensitivity