Should I Wear a Nightguard?

Should I Wear a Nightguard?

Posted by Palm Court Dental on Oct 27 2021, 07:41 AM

Clenching and grinding your teeth can eventually wear out your tooth. Also referred to as bruxism, this condition is often caused by stress and anxiety. Dentists provide their patients who have bruxism with nightguards, which helps to avoid damage caused by grinding the teeth. At Palm Court Dental, our efficient dentists can provide custom-made nightguards, which can be worn while sleeping to prevent bruxism.

Symptoms of Bruxism

  • Extreme jaw and facial pain
  • Gums damaged by clenching and grinding of teeth
  • Grating sounds made while sleeping
  • Teeth loosening from their sockets 
  • Teeth sensitivity caused by bruxism

Why Wear a Nightguard?

Prevents Teeth Damage

Clenching and grinding cause damage to the teeth that eventually leads to loss of enamel. Enamel erosion can cause teeth sensitivity, making it vulnerable to hot and cold food. The teeth also become more prone to decay, which could lead to infections. 

Prevents TMJ Disorder

Clenching of the teeth can cause temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The pressure of clenching affects the muscles that are used to chew. It may cause severe ear pain and can also lead to disk displacement. Wearing a nightguard can help to relax the muscles and avoid TMJ disorder.

Prevents Headaches

Bruxism causes chronic headaches in patients. The muscle tension can lead to problems in the neck, shoulder, mouth, and jaw. Various signs of clenching and grinding can be noticed in the mouth, like flattened teeth, which signifies that the patient’s headaches are caused by bruxism. A nightguard helps to eliminate muscle tension and avoids headaches.

Saves Money

A nightguard is a plastic retainer that is a cost-effective solution for patients with bruxism. It helps to avoid complications like tooth loss and enamel erosion. The damages caused by the dental condition will require a restorative treatment, which can cost more than a nightguard.

Visit the Dentist

If you experience the symptoms and signs of bruxism mentioned, you might need a nightguard. Our dentist can evaluate your dental condition and make the proper recommendation. 

At Fontana, CA, Palm Court Dental provides the best dental services to patients. Call us at (909) 8293994 and book an appointment to know more about nightguards and other dental treatments. Or visit us at 17122 Slover Ave Suite 103, Fontana, CA 92337.

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