Night guards and splints are special dentistry devices that are similar to sports mouth guards, but different in use and purpose. It is common for patients to use sports guards since physical activity makes them vulnerable to all kinds of injuries. However, even patients who are not athletic are not spared from dental trauma. This is why we recommend night guards or splints.
Some patients may grind their teeth when they are stressed or even asleep. While teeth grinding or bruxism is normal, if it is frequent, it will cause severe damage to your teeth and jaw. This can also lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Be alert to any of these symptoms that can indicate that you are grinding your teeth:
- Facial pain
- Recurring headaches or headaches that start just after waking
- Ringing or pain in the ears
- Stiffness and/or discomfort in the jaw
- Irregular sleeping patterns
- Sensitive and worn down teeth
- Broken dental fillings and teeth
Night guards can also help manage issues like bruxism, a known condition where patients grind or clench their teeth that may lead to enamel wear, sensitivity, and even tooth fractures. Since clenching and grinding usually occur at night, you may be unaware you are doing it.
If you suffer from any or all of the aforementioned signs, it is time to talk to your dentist. At Wortley Road Dental, we may recommend using custom-made protective night guards and splints as an aid in dealing with your teeth clenching habits. This can help prevent damage to your jaw and teeth, as well as reduce the clenching sounds you make while you sleep.
Our staff and dentists are very eager to help you with your dental needs. If your grinding is caused by stress, we may also or otherwise recommend that you undergo stress management therapy. Contact us to schedule an appointment to learn more about both or either of these options.