Do you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep? While you may not be aware of it during the night, you are likely to experience noticeable jaw pain, jaw stiffness or headaches during the day. In fact, teeth grinding is a primary cause for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems. The constant, unnecessary strain and pressure on your teeth and jaw muscles during your sleeping hours can pose a real threat to both your oral health and your quality of life. Johns Creek Dental Studio proudly offers effective teeth grinding or bruxism treatment using custom nightguards.
What Can a Nightguard Do?
Since we can’t always control the things we do while we are asleep, it may be necessary to put some tools in place to protect yourself. When it comes to nighttime bruxism, a custom nightguard can protect your teeth from premature wear as well as prevent your jaw muscles from overstraining while you sleep. A modern dentist can provide a quality mouthguard model that offers optimal comfort. When customized to you, your nightguard should fit every crevice and groove of your smile and not impede the quality of your sleep. A nighttime guard can save you from disruptive TMJ symptoms associated with teeth grinding or clenching.
Consider Stress Management
While teeth grinding is often a subconscious habit, it is one that is commonly associated with stress. Beyond wearing a custom nightguard, we encourage patients to find ways to relieve and manage their stress, whether it be exercise, meditation, counseling or other healthy habits. If your stress-induced bruxism habit has already caused threats to your dental health, we are happy to help. In addition to custom nightguards, Johns Creek Dental Studio also offers several treatments to address worn down teeth, loose fillings, gum recession and other issues associated with chronic grinding.
To find out if a custom dental nightguard could protect your smile from bruxism, call our Alpharetta dental team today.