A night guard is not the sexiest thing in the world, but will stop you grinding and clenching your teeth to the point of destruction. Most people are completely unaware that they do it, because often they do it while they sleep. If your spouse has to wear earplugs at night because of the noise of the grinding….. Don’t be surprised if your dentist says that you should be wearing a night guard. It may not be attractive, but it’s more attractive than missing teeth.
Bruxism is the medical term for forceful clenching and/or grinding of your teeth. It is considered a major cause of tooth problems. Some patients will say that they notice signs of wear, but it is not just a cosmetic problem it also causes strain on the jaw joints.
Allowed to persist, grinding causes temperature sensitivity, pain because the wear gets down to the nerve, cracks in the teeth, receding gums and eventually lost teeth. Grinding can also cause migraine headaches and pain in the shoulders, neck, back and ears.
If you think you would benefit from a night guard or would like more information, we will be happy to advise you, contact us today.