Visit us at Sparkle Dental for your night mouthguard prescription, which is recommended for people that grind their teeth in their sleep. Teeth grinding is a considerable problem for at least eight percent of people in the USA. It is usually caused by stress, depression, sleep disorders, GERD, and obstructive sleep apnea. The teeth are not strong enough to withstand constant gnashing of teeth, which is why we recommend a night guard for patients experiencing this.
We recommend that you come in for a checkup and a diagnosis of the problem and our dentist will tell you if getting a guard is the best option for you. Night grinding or bruxism is quite dangerous and can lead to long term effects on your teeth. This may lead to high dental fees, and while we are always there to help, we believe that prevention is better.
We do not recommend store-bought night guards since they may not fit you properly, which can lead to other issues. This is why we advise that you come to our clinic and get a full diagnosis and custom-made night guards for your teeth. If you have some damage on the teeth, our dentist will first take care of that if you require fillings. We will need a mold of your teeth so you will be given one to bite into and this will be used to construct a custom guard.
It doesn't take long to get your custom protection for your teeth so we will soon ask you to come in for a fitting. This ensures that we get you a perfectly fitting one that will help solve your problem of night grinding. Remember that if you are still growing, meaning that you don't have all your teeth, you may need to get a replacement after a couple of months. This ensures that you have a guard that fits you correctly and won't cause you pain.
Becoming Used to Them
The guard may feel a bit uncomfortable for the first couple of days but don't worry since this is normal. However, you should always wear them even when you don't think you are still grinding. This is to prevent permanent damage to your enamel, jaw, and the frequent headaches that you may experience due to bruxism.
Some of the things that you should pay attention to are if you experience any pain when wearing the guards. You should also check for jaw discomfort or excess saliva when you wake up. These are indications that the guard may have a problem so you will need to come in and have it checked. The night guards should help you sleep better and can even help in relieving some stress; hence, you live a better quality of life. With time you may sleep without the night guard, but you have to consult with our dentist first.
If you have any concerns, you can call us Sparkle Dental at (617) 430-6404, and we will be ready to assist.