Night guards and splints are special dentistry devices, similar to sports mouth guards but differ in use and purpose. It’s common for patients to use sports guards for their teeth since playing sports is open to all kinds of injuries. However, patients who are not active with sports are still not safe from dental trauma.
Some patients tend to grind their teeth when they’re stressed or even when they’re asleep. According to the London dentist, teeth grinding or bruxism is normal but if it is frequent, it causes severe damage to the teeth and jaws. This is the reason why night guards and splints exist. If you’re not sure if you have nightly teeth grinding, notice if you have these symptoms:
- Pain in the facial region
- Recurring headache or right after waking up from sleep
- Ringing or painful ears
- Stiffness and discomfort in the jaws. Your London dentist might also consider this as a sign of a temporomandibular joint disorder
- Irregular sleeping patterns
- Sensitive and worn down teeth
- Broken dental fillings and teeth
If you suffer from any or all of these mentioned signs, it’s time to talk to your dentist. He might recommend you use night guards and splints or help you manage your teeth clenching habits. If your teeth grinding is caused by stress, you could take stress management therapy. It would be a great option to finally correct that mannerism and avoid using dental appliances.
Aside from that, you may also use custom-made protective dental devices from your London dentist. It prevents the constant and forcible gnashing from damaging your jaw and teeth. It also helps in reducing the clenching sounds you make while you sleep.
Don’t be too anxious to seek help. Our staff and dentists are very eager to help you with your dental needs. Wortley Road Dental has the advanced dental technological system to ensure you achieve that happy smile you deserve.
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