Mouthguards are not only used when playing sports, they can also be used at night to alleviate bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding. Teeth grinding at night can upset a person’s sleep schedule and cause them jaw and teeth pain. In the long term, it can do damage to teeth, as they continually are ground down.
While bruxism might be frustrating, it can be easily relieved, and is often short-term. Robert J. Malone DDS can help you return to peaceful nights, and stop your teeth grinding nightmare.
To understand the benefits, you must first understand the symptoms of bruxism. Sufferers will often continuously wake up, due to jaw pain, and feel themselves grinding their teeth. This can have a detrimental effect on their daily lives, as they have not received enough sleep to work, socialize or engage in recreation activity.
A mouthguard can help alleviate all these issues, as it prevents the upper and lower dental arches from grinding against each other. This means pain and discomfort does not wake up the sufferer, and they can continue their normal life.
Long-term bruxism sufferers can cause serious damage to their teeth, via the grinding. It can dull the biting surfaces, or worse, crack teeth. It is particularly important to try and preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible, not to mention that surgery to replace them can be expensive and hassle. Wearing a mouthguard at night is a relatively cheap solution, for something that has the potential to be short-term, compared to a surgical procedure to replace a tooth.
Fitting the Mouthguard
Dr. Malone will advise a mouthguard if you are suffering from bruxism unless there is any other obvious reason that is impacting your sleep schedule or jaw tension. This could be excessive alcohol intake, a sensitivity to caffeine, your diet, or any medication you are taking. Our dentists can still investigate these possible causes, even if you do opt for a mouthguard, and may ask that you try reducing elements of your diet, such as caffeine.
You will attend an appointment in which our dentist will take a mold of your mouth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab that will construct a sleek, custom-fit mouthguard that fits comfortably in your mouth. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are available more cheaply in sports stores, but these are often uncomfortable and difficult to breathe with. They will not offer the same comfortability as a custom-fit mouthguard and can affect your sleep.
It will take some getting used to, but the mouthguard will definitely prevent the damage caused by bruxism and should hopefully allow you to sleep properly at night. The mouthguard is customizable, so it can come in different colors, and with different lettering. They are convenient to take wherever you need.
Often, bruxism is a short-term issue that reduces, and eventually goes away after a few months. If you have suffered from bruxism, it is always good to have mouthguard, in case it comes back. Robert J. Malone DDS can fit you a mouthguard that sits comfortably in the mouth, and allows you to sleep soundly at night.
Suffering from teeth grinding? Contact us now at (760) 546-5557 and let us help you find relief.