Your jaw muscles can exert extreme pressure, allowing you to chew and grind tough foods. When you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, that pressure is put directly on your teeth. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can be detrimental to your teeth, wearing down enamel and damaging the teeth structure. A dental nightguard for bruxism-teeth grinding is a general dentistry solution to protect your teeth from unnecessary damage. At Liberty Lake Smile Source, we create customized mouthguards to prevent damage to teeth for our patients with bruxism.
Misaligned teeth, stress, anxiety and other factors can contribute to bruxism. You can make a conscious effort to control jaw clenching and teeth grinding when you are awake, but it is hard to control when you sleep. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you may be wearing down your enamel or causing stress fractures in your teeth. This can lead to decay, infection and cracked teeth that need expensive dental treatment. To prevent damage to your teeth from bruxism while you sleep, a nightguard is a non-invasive solution.
Customized Dental Nightguard
A nightguard is an oral device that fits over your teeth to provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Wearing a nightguard can prevent teeth grinding while you sleep and protect your oral health. Our dentists can design a customized nightguard that fits comfortably over your teeth. You will quickly become accustomed to wearing the mouthguard when you sleep – some people enjoy other benefits beyond bruxism treatment. Wearing a nightguard can help with snoring and may reduce pressure on your jaw joint if you have TMJ issues. Many people sleep better and wake up more refreshed once their teeth grinding and jaw clenching are reduced.
If you wake up with teeth or jaw pain due to bruxism, or there is damage to your teeth, treatment can protect your smile and oral health. Give us a call at Liberty Lake Smile Source to explore bruxism treatment with a dental nightguard. Contact our dental center in Liberty Lake, WA. We serve the Spokane Valley and our neighbors in Post Falls, ID, so call today to book your appointment.