Do you wake up in the morning with pain in your head or jaw? If you answered yes, you may suffer from the common, but damaging, habit of teeth grinding. In addition to causing pain, nighttime teeth grinding can also cause your teeth to chip, crack, or even break. For this problem, The Tooth Doc dental team can custom fit a night guard for you. This removable device is worn while you sleep to protect your teeth from the damage of grinding and clenching.
Q: My teeth keep chipping and cracking. What causes this? What can I do about it?
A: Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night guard. A custom fitted night guard protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Your dentist will take great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you also suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your night guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask us about having a night guard custom created especially for you.
Properly diagnosed, designed and custom-fit mouth guards are essential in the prevention of athletic oral and facial injuries.