If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called bruxism.
Although the causes of bruxism are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stressful situations at home, school, or work, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may contribute to bruxism. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations, or even tooth loss.
There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding cause over time. Nightguards work by acting as a cushion when you clench or grind your teeth together. Nightguards add a layer or insulation and keep the teeth separated at all times. Custom-made by Dr. Moulton to fit your teeth, a nightguard is typically inserted over your top arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.
Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made over-the-counter nightguard, the “boil-and-bite” nightguard, and a custom-made nightguard made in our office. The custom-made nightguards will be the most durable, comfortable, and best fitted nightguards for an extreme grinder.