Have you ever woken up in pain in the middle of the night because you’ve been grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw in your sleep? Most of us have been there at one point. What you may be dealing with is bruxism (the repetitive grinding and/or clenching of teeth). Symptoms of bruxism include:
- Jaw tension.
- Flattening or shifting teeth.
- Facial discomfort.
According to the Mayo Clinic, bruxism is a broad definition; the malady may be caused by anything from stress to a muscular issue. Because bruxism is such a blanket term, you should always seek advice from your dentist. But what happens when you get your answer? You may know what causes your jaw tension, along with that pain in your temples – but what you may not know is that you don’t have to suffer. Enter the nightguard: a dental insert that could save you from the discomfort and poor sleep associated with bruxism.
Here’s what the nightguard does, as outlined by the Sleep Association:
- Creates a barrier between your top and bottom teeth.
- Takes the pressure off of the muscles in your jaw and face.
- Protects your teeth from shifting and wear.
If you’re constantly grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw at night, the nightguard could be your savior. You might be asking yourself, though: “How do I know if I need one?” If you’re suffering from bruxism or similar ailments, the nightguard may be something to seriously consider. As previously stated above, it’s always a good idea to get advice from your dentist. They’ll be able to help you not only get to the root of your pain, but also aid you in finding a solution that works best for you.
If you’re looking for a quality dental office to help you with any issues you might be having, Exquisite Smiles is an excellent place to turn to.
We’re located in the following:
- Attleboro, MA
- South Attleboro, MA
- Seekonk, MA
- Cumberland, RI
- Lincoln, RI
Whether you need a nightguard or something else entirely, Exquisite Smiles will work with you to arrive at an appropriate solution.