Do you clench your jaw and grind your teeth? If so, you may benefit from the custom-made night guards at our Moreno Valley, CA practice. Bruxism, or chronic grinding and clenching, can cause immense discomfort, and it can seriously impact your oral health. Fortunately, at Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, our skilled team provides comfortable oral appliances. These devices will fit over your top and bottom teeth to keep them from touching. It will be easy to adjust to the device, and you could wake up feeling more comfortable and relaxed than you have felt in quite some time.
What Causes Bruxism?
There are a number of reasons that you may struggle from bruxism, though stress and anxiety are the most common causes. When you are feeling anxious, your body will produce stress hormones. Unconsciously grinding your jaw can help to alleviate excess energy.
Missing teeth and dental misalignment are two other causes of bruxism. Normally, when your top and bottom teeth come together, each upper tooth should correspond with the one directly below it. However, if you do not have proper alignment, you may routinely grind your teeth, trying to get them in the right positions.
The Symptoms of Bruxism
Because most teeth grinding will take place at night, you may be unaware that you suffer from bruxism. Nevertheless, there are a number of telltale signs that can alert you and your dentist to the condition. Common signs of bruxism include:
- Worn or cracked teeth
- Dental sensitivity
- Jaw pain
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Sores on your tongue or insides your cheeks
How a Night Guard Can Help
If you or your dentist notice the symptoms of bruxism, we will fit you with a specially made night guard. To guarantee a comfortable fit, your dentist will take impressions of both your upper and lower dental arches. Then the lab will create your night guard using these molds. The device will fit all the way over your top and bottom teeth to keep them from coming in contact. It may take a few nights to adjust to the device. Once you do, however, you should notice a significant improvement in your symptoms.
The Importance of Treating Bruxism
Night guards are a straightforward concept, but they can have tremendous benefits for your quality of life and long-term health. First, as mentioned above, your device can alleviate the jaw pain, headaches, and other discomfort that can accompany bruxism. A night guard can also prevent serious dental damage. When you repetitively grind your jaw, it will place a lot of strain on your teeth. Your enamel will start to wear off, which will increase your risk for dental decay. In other cases, small cracks may appear, and over time, these cracks could grow larger. Eventually, you may need a dental crown or even an extraction.
Moreover, a night guard can also protect your jaw health. Continual clenching will strain your temporomandibular joints. Eventually, the cushioning discs could slip out of place, or your jaw muscles could become inflamed. This condition is known as TMJ Disorder. It can cause chronic jaw pain and many other symptoms. Fortunately, a night guard can prevent TMD from developing at all.
Contact Us to Receive Your Custom Night Guard
If you are a chronic teeth grinder, contact Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley for the care you need.