Do you often wake up with a headache, sore jaw, or aching teeth? Do you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth throughout the day or night? Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a common problem that affects many people, and it can have serious consequences for your dental health.
At Hart Dental Group in Columbus, OH, we can provide custom night guards to stop you from grinding your teeth and protect your enamel.
What Is the Problem With Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding can cause a range of dental problems, including worn-down teeth, cracked teeth, and even tooth loss. It can also cause jaw pain, headaches, and muscle soreness in your face, neck, and shoulders. In severe cases, teeth grinding can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which can cause chronic pain and limit jaw movement.
Dr. Hart can work with you to customize a nightguard to match the shape of your teeth and jaw. This simple oral device can protect your teeth and prevent the problems listed above.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
If you’re grinding your teeth, you may not even be aware of it. However, there are some common symptoms to look out for, including:
- Jaw pain
- Sore teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your dentist about whether you might be grinding your teeth.
How Nightguards Protect Your Teeth
One of the most effective ways to protect your teeth from grinding is to wear a nightguard. A nightguard is a custom-made dental appliance that you wear while you sleep. It has been designed to cushion your teeth and prevent them from grinding against each other.
Nightguards can help to reduce the impact of grinding on your teeth, protecting them from wear and tear, cracks, and fractures. They can also help to reduce the strain on your jaw muscles, reducing the risk of TMJ disorder.
Why Is a Custom Nightguard Better?
While you can buy nightguards over the counter, it is always better to get a custom-made one from your dentist. A custom nightguard is designed specifically for your mouth, so it fits perfectly and provides the best possible protection for your teeth.
A custom nightguard is also more comfortable to wear than an over-the-counter one. It has been made from high-quality materials that won’t irritate your gums or cause discomfort.
Call Hart Dental Group To Learn More About Nightguards
If you think you might be grinding your teeth, don’t wait to seek help. At Hart Dental Group, we offer custom nightguards designed to protect your teeth and improve your overall dental health.
Our experienced team will work with you to create a custom nightguard that fits your mouth perfectly, so you can enjoy a comfortable, restful night’s sleep. Learn more about our nightguards and how they can benefit you, and schedule an appointment in Upper Arlington and Grandview by calling (614) 486-1123.