Did you know that bruxism, also described as teeth grinding, can lead to a long list of dental problems? This is why Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the team at Lansdowne Dental Care encourage patients with this issue to explore our options for night guards. As your trusted dentist, we want to ensure your optimal oral health over the long term, and so we offer night guards for a number of issues beyond bruxism alone.
Are You A Candidate For Night Guards
Tooth grinding is not limited to unconscious hours of sleep, and millions of people grind their teeth unconsciously throughout the days as well as the nights. Caused by such issues as stress and anxiety, it is also due to a misaligned bite, sleep disorders and jaw issues such as TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder. People at risk for the condition include those who are overweight, on certain medications and those with certain neurological conditions, too.
Grinding the teeth is clearly a problem, and it can lead to further issues. For example, those who grind their teeth at night often wake with stiffness in the jaw, facial pain, soreness in the teeth and gums, ear or headache and even damages to their teeth. The pressures created when grinding and gnashing the teeth together are tremendous, and whether you have 100% natural teeth or a blend of natural and restored teeth, you will find that grinding damages them all.
For example, patients with crowns and dentures may find that they encounter ongoing tenderness and pain long after the treatments have healed and been in place. This is due almost entirely to pressures created by grinding.
Fortunately, something as simple and easy to create as night guards are often the remedy. Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the team at Lansdowne Dental Care are happy to assess patients and determine if their tooth grinding or jaw clenching can be remedied (or the damages alleviated) through the use of night guards.
If they determine that you are a good candidate, they will use our high tech imaging tools to and custom molds to make a perfectly fitted night guard. You will be able to comfortably and safely wear this during your regular hours of sleep in order to alleviate the problems caused by the teeth grinding together.
You might even find that wearing it during stressful times of day – such as during your morning and evening commute – can help to reduce the discomfort and damages caused by clenching and grinding.