Stop bruxism with night guards from your Columbia, MO Dentist

Tooth grinding, or bruxism, is a habit among many individuals. While some are aware of doing this consciously during the day, many more are unaware that it also occurs while sleeping. Nighttime bruxism can cause many oral health problems including damaged enamel, worn down teeth, and jaw pain. In some cases, the noise from teeth grinding may even impact your partner’s sleep. At the office of Chase Patton D.D.S., we can provide patients with night guards to cut down on the impact of bruxism.

About night guards

Like an athletic mouth guard, night guards are custom fitted to go over both arches of teeth, providing a barrier between them while you sleep. The night guards are designed from impressions of your teeth, so they have a perfect fit and allow you to breathe properly.

Our custom-made night guards are made from high quality materials that allow them to be comfortable while still preventing damage from teeth grinding and jaw clenching. In addition to a better night’s sleep, night guards can stop troublesome problems such as chronic headaches and craniofacial pain.

How do I know if I need a night guard?

There are certain tell-tale signs that you are grinding your teeth at night. If you suffer from morning headaches along with stiffness, pain or swelling in the jaw, this can be a sign of jaw tension overnight. Other signs include worn down tooth enamel, cracked teeth, loose fillings, or tooth sensitivity. While nighttime teeth grinding is often a result of stress, I can also be due to TMJ disorder, misaligned teeth, a sleep disorder, or even allergies.

What you can expect

To determine if you are afflicted by nighttime bruxism, Dr. Patton will perform a thorough dental examination along with asking you a series of questions about your symptoms. If we determine that you would benefit from a nightguard, we will take impressions and x-rays of the mouth, which will then be sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of your night guard. Once the night guard is ready you will return to the office for a fitting. Small adjustments can be made in the office to ensure the fit is just right.

Protect your teeth with night guards

Nighttime bruxism can cause uncomfortable symptoms that impact your quality of life. Enjoy a good night’s rest and protect your smile with night guards from the office of Chase Patton D.D.S. in Columbia, MO. To book a consultation, call (573) 875-7040.