Nighttime grinding and clenching – also known as bruxism – can lead to a variety of long-term dental issues. Unfortunately, most people who suffer from this condition are not aware that they have a problem. That is why our team at Smiles on the Boulevard is committed to educating our patients and treating bruxism with sleek, comfortable nightguards.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism causes people to grind and clench their teeth as they sleep. Most people are unaware they have this condition until it has already begun to cause painful side-effects. Bruxism can be caused by several underlying issues, including TMJ disorder, stress, anxiety, and others. If left untreated, it can lead to chronic pain and cause significant damage to the teeth, gums, and jaw joints.
Because there are so many side-effects associated with bruxism, it can sometimes be hard to diagnose. A few symptoms to look for include:
- Flat, excessively worn teeth
- Cracked and chipped teeth
- Waking with a tired or tight feeling in the jaw
- Frequent jaw, facial, and ear pain
- Chronic tension headaches and migraines
- Unusually sensitive teeth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our office at 740-423-8416 to schedule a consultation. The earlier we can diagnose bruxism, the sooner you can enjoy a pain-free night’s sleep.
What Are Nightguards?
Nightguards are custom, quality appliances that protect your teeth, gums, and jaws from clenching and grinding. When used properly, they can relax your muscles, reduce your risk of tension headaches, and even improve your breathing.
Dr. Hawkins and her team carefully craft each nightguard to ensure they are as comfortable and secure as possible. To do this, Dr. Hawkins will begin your treatment by taking an impression of your teeth. This impression will then be sent to a professional dental lab to be developed. Patients can usually choose from a variety of styles and colors to customize their nightguard.
Can I Use an Over-the-Counter Nightguard?
Generic nightguards are available at most supermarkets and pharmacies. They tend to be either boil-and-bite or one-size-fits-all. Although store-bought nightguards are cheaper than professional ones, they are usually big, bulky, and uncomfortable.
With a professionally-made nightguard, you can rest assured you are receiving the best product available. At Smiles on the Boulevard, we will make your nightguard to fit your smile. Custom appliances are slimmer, more comfortable, and more effective.
If you would like to learn more about custom nightguards at Smiles on the Boulevard, please call our office today at 740-423-8416. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or schedule a consultation!