Your dentist might recommend that you use a mouth guard while you’re sleeping, or even at times during the day if you have an issue with grinding your teeth or clenching. Many people that grind or clench (called bruxism) have no idea that they are even doing it, but it can be very detrimental to your teeth. Wearing a night guard, of course sounds undesirable, but what is more undesirable is the effects bruxism will have on your teeth.
Clenching and grinding teeth can cause broken teeth, periodontal issues, a sore jaw, headaches, receding gums, and temperature sensitivity. There is no cure for bruxism, but wearing a night guard will go a long way in reducing the wear and tear bruxism causes, not to mention preventing the additional dental work that will be needed if one is not used.
Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth in order to have a dental lab make a night guard that will be an exact match for your teeth. Your night guard will most likely cost a few hundred dollars but it’s an investment that will pay off huge in the long run and most dental insurance will cover all or part of the cost.
The main key to the night guard, however, is actually using it! Of course, it’ll take some getting used to and you won’t like it at first, but we’re talking about your smile so make sure you use it instead of letting it collect dust on your night stand.
If you’ve been told that you might want to consider a night guard or if you think that clenching and grinding is an issue for you, call us for a consultation.