You work diligently to protect your teeth by brushing and flossing every day and seeing our dentist at least twice a year. But what if you constantly wake up with a sore jaw after clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth all night? This tooth-damaging habit typically happens unconsciously, meaning you do it while you sleep and aren’t aware of it.
If your teeth are showing the wear and tear of bruxism, our experienced dental team can help. Dr. Jerry Butler, our dentist in Boone, NC, has helped many patients suffering from nighttime bruxism. A simple but effective solution is to wear a night guard while you sleep to keep your teeth safe. This is a unique night guard designed to fit over your teeth to treat bruxism. When worn it can keep your teeth from deteriorating from the force of your teeth constantly biting down. You might be grinding and clenching while you sleep if you notice the following:
-You suffer from constant pain in the jaw, face and ears
-You wake up feeling a tightness in your jaw
-You suffer from chronic headaches or migraines
-You notice tooth chips or cracks in the teeth or teeth that are flat on top
-You can see the inner layers of your teeth and feel tooth sensitivity
-Your tongue has indentations on the sides
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you might be experiencing nighttime bruxism. To ensure your teeth remain healthy and strong, a custom night guard can often restore your smile. We will take an impression of your mouth to fabricate a night guard to be worn over your teeth during sleep. This will make sure your teeth stay intact if you do bite down.
If you are thinking about getting a professional, custom night guard, we welcome you to give us a call today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Butler. We welcome you to call 828-264-5858 in Boone, NC, to learn how to protect your smile with a custom night guard while you sleep!