Many patients don’t even realize it until a dentist tells them, but bruxism affects millions of people all over the country. The result is damaged tooth enamel, chronic jaw pain, and increased teeth sensitivity. What’s even worse is once tooth enamel has eroded, it does not regenerate. To keep your natural teeth intact for as long as possible, you’ll need to address bruxism at its source through preventive oral appliances, including nightguards at Meadowbrook Dentistry. To get a nightguard for yourself or another family member, feel free to contact our office and schedule an appointment!
While some symptoms of bruxism are easier to notice on your own, it’s a condition that often goes undiagnosed. This is why routine appointments to our office are so crucial for preventing damaged to your enamel. If you notice one or more of the following symptoms below, please give our office a call and schedule an exam. We’ll be able to confirm if bruxism is present and provide treatment from there. These symptoms include:
Nightguards are plastic oral appliances designed to counter the effects of chronic teeth grinding. They are specifically intended for use while sleeping, but there are many types of mouthguards available for specific purposes. Sportsguards are meant for use while playing contact sports like football or basketball. There are also mouthguards designed to open the airway for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that makes it difficult to breathe while sleeping. When you have a nightguard that covers your teeth and acts as a cushion for chronic grinding and clenching, you prevent future permanent damage to your teeth and stop tension in your jaw, head, neck and shoulders.
You may have seen nightguards sold in your local grocery store or pharmacy in the past, but the dentists at Meadowbrook Dentistry ask that you consider a few facts about these products. While they may be cheap, you are truly getting what you pay for in terms if long-term quality. Not only is the material in these products weaker, but they are not customized to fit your teeth exactly like dentist-created solutions. This means they will not offer optimal comfort and will likely need to be replaced after a short period of time. If your goal is to protect your smile all of the time, not just some of the time, we can create a custom nightguard that fits your smile perfectly.