Patients in Columbia, MO are discovering night guards to provide relief from grinding teeth
It is disheartening to go to bed fully expecting a restful night’s sleep, but instead wake up feeling fatigued or with a tension headache caused by teeth grinding. You then go through your daily life with a sore and tense jaw. Outside of this discomfort, there is also the long-term damage it can do to your teeth. Unconscious jaw clenching and the grinding of teeth is a common issue, but there is great news to be had. Solving night clenching is as easy as wearing a night guard! Dr. Chase Patton would love to see you and go over night guard options if you are suffering from teeth grinding.
Dental Damage Caused by Teeth Grinding
If you are a long-term sufferer of nighttime teeth grinding, then you already know the discomfort it can cause. Headaches, jaw pain and more are suffered by Americans every day as they wake up from a night full of unconscious grinding. What many people may not know, until it is too late, is that your teeth are taking a beating from this grinding as well. Chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can lead to:
- Broken teeth
- Worn enamel
- Tenderness when chewing or biting
- Receding gums
- Damage to dental work
In addition to these, you may also develop issues with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) over the long-term.
Protect Your Teeth with a Night Guard
Night guards come in many forms. There are many over the counter options that are exalted as amazing and effective, but you should be aware of their limitations. Many of these mouth guards lack a personal fit and may be uncomfortable to wear. When you choose a personalized night guard, not only are you making the choice to protect your teeth and address chronic pain, but you are choosing to do so comfortably. A custom-fit night guard will prevent your teeth from grinding together and prevent clenching behavior. Many users report that they sleep more comfortably than ever before and awake feeling refreshed.
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