There is a very common diagnosis in the dental world referred to as “bruxism.” In simple terms, this means teeth grinding. This effects millions of Americans, from pediatrics to adults. It can cause sleep deprivation and even migraines. If you are diagnosed with this condition, it is important to see your dentist to obtain proper protection. Without protective gear, you may be prone to chipped teeth and jaw damage or jaw pain which can be irreversible. You may also cause yourself to have an overbite or underbite, which will cause severe discomfort and even possibly chewing and speaking complications.
Mouth guards, or “bite guards” can be purchased at the store or at your dentists office. It is ideal to have your dentist supply you with this item because then it will be custom fit. Additionally, it can be adjusted to fit your mouth, jaw and teeth. This device is only worn at night, so nobody will know! It will stop your mouth from grinding your top and bottom teeth together and you will gain more restful. quality sleep.
Mouth guards are made to custom fit the individual contours and shapes of you mouth and it’s structures. Your dentist will take a mold or impressions with soft material. This material will then harden into place and will be sent off to a lab where your custom bite guard is made. Once you come back to the dentist’s office for your final fitting, you can have your mouth guard adjusted to obtain optimal comfort.
So if you are experiencing lack of sleep, headaches or unexplainable tooth damage or pain, consider seeing your dentist for a bite guard!