Grinding of teeth while asleep is common among children and even adults. Ensure that you see the dentist immediately when you begin to feel pain in the jaw, teeth, or even begin to experience headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, it is time you get a customized mouthguard to wear at night. Lone Pine Dental can help you have a peaceful night’s sleep.
Having sleep bruxism means that you wake up and experience cases of headaches, jaw pain, or even tooth pain. When you grind your teeth at night, these are common symptoms that you are likely to experience. You will notice that you have chipped teeth, TMJ disorders, and also waking up with headaches. There are several ways that the dentist can reduce the impact of teeth grinding on oral health. The dentist will recommend that you use a mouthguard to keep the teeth safe and protected from grinding.
The dentist will take an impression of the teeth and will take the results to the lab to create a mouthguard. A custom-made mouthguard will be made and fitted to the mouth; if any adjustments are to be made, they are done at the dental office. Getting a customized mouthguard is comfortable and you will sleep without any more pain or discomfort.
Caring for Mouthguards
Before going to sleep ensure that you put on your new mouthguard. After waking up, wash your mouthguard and rinse it well, using a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the mouthguard. Avoid washing the mouthguard in hot water; it is made of plastic material that can warp and will fail to fit you well. You will also need to avoid storing the mouthguard in a place that has sun or hot temperatures so that it will retain its size and continue to fit you properly when you wear it at night. If your mouthguard begins to not fit well for whatever reason, it is time you go to the dentist to have it looked at. You may need another customized mouthguard.
Teeth Grinding Treatment Options
Mouthguards for the night have many names like occlusal guards, night guards, bite splints, and nocturnal bite plates. They all mean that it is a mouth guard for the night.
Apart from having mouthguards, the dentist can come up with other treatment options for teeth grinding. It is good to prevent stress, as this can be a cause for teeth grinding at night. It can be helpful to keep track of your sleep, to help determine what the cause of bruxism may be. You can also consider changing your diet to ensure that you have a better night's sleep.
Our dental team is dedicated to ensuring that you have a mouthguard for the night if you have a sleep bruxism condition. Book an appointment with our team at by calling us at (541) 668-8036 if you have more questions.