Alleviate Bruxism with a Night Guard
Do you wake up with a sore jaw or headache? Do you notice your teeth are worn down or chipped? If so, you may suffer from bruxism, a condition where you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the habit due to not being awake while it’s occurring.
It’s essential to seek treatment to prevent further damage to your teeth, jaw, and overall health. Fortunately, our Jupiter, FL, dentist offers customized night guards to help protect your teeth and stop teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
Causes and Symptoms of Bruxism
Bruxism is often caused by stress, anxiety, or misaligned teeth. The most common symptoms of bruxism include:
- Jaw pain
- Tooth sensitivity
If left untreated, bruxism can lead to long-term consequences such as tooth loss, gum disease, and jaw disorders.
What Is a Night Guard?
A night guard, also known as a mouthguard, is a customized appliance that creates a barrier between your teeth. The night guard cushions your jaw muscles and alleviates tension when you clench your jaw. Not only does it prevents face and jaw pain, but also protects your valuable enamel and prevents oral health problems such as chipped or worn-down teeth, irritated gums, and jaw pain.
Your Personalized Treatment With Dr. Villalobos
At our Jupiter dental office, Dr. Al Villalobos will create an individual treatment plan to help relieve your nighttime bruxism. During your consultation, Dr. Villalobos will take impressions of your teeth to create a customized night guard that fits perfectly and comfortably in your mouth. The durable material is designed to last up to 10 years if properly cared for.
Alternative Solutions for Bruxism
In addition to a night guard, Dr. Villalobos may recommend lifestyle changes and treatment methods to alleviate stress and stop teeth grinding. These may include:
- Relaxing your mouth
- Massaging your jaw
- Refraining from chewing or biting on objects
- Avoiding alcohol and caffeine
- Taking a warm bath before bed
Caring for Your Night Guard
Taking good care of your night guard is essential to protect it from damage and maximize its longevity. Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Always brush and floss your teeth before putting in your night guard.
- Rinse your night guard with cold water or mouthwash before placing it and after taking it out. Avoid using hot water.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to clean your night guard.
- Bring your night guard with you to your dental appointments to ensure it fits and functions properly.
- Store your night guard in a hard container with ventilation for protection and allow it to fully dry between uses.
Frequently Asked Questions
A custom-made night guard will cover most of your teeth, except for the back molars. Your dentist will design your oral appliance for your jaw after taking impressions of your teeth during your consultation. Wearing these night guards at night will protect your smile from future damage and allow you to live without any pain.
Bruxism can occur during any stage of the sleep cycle, but it’s most common in stage N1 or N2 and least common during REM sleep. Seek professional treatment for your bruxism to have a good night’s sleep and even better oral health.
Yes, children can wear night guards for bruxism. However, it’s important to talk to their dentist or pediatrician first to ensure it’s the right treatment option for them.
Night guards typically last for one to three years, depending on the level of wear and tear. It’s important to regularly check your night guard for signs of damage or deterioration and replace it as necessary.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
With a customized nightguard, we can prevent bruxism from damaging your teeth and causing you discomfort. Contact us today at (561) 744-0677 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Villalobos and learn more about how a night guard can help alleviate your bruxism symptoms.
You can also get in touch by filling out our online contact form. We’re proud to provide services to patients in Jupiter and the surrounding areas like Hobe Sound, Limestone Creek, and Tequesta, FL.