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: night guards. Night guards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding cause over time. Night guards work by acting as a cushion when you clench or grind your teeth together. Night guards add a layer or insulation and keep the teeth separated at all times. Custom-made by Dr. Moulton to fit your teeth, a night guard is typically inserted over your top arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.
Choosing the right mouth guard is essential. There are three basic types of mouth guards: the pre-made over-the-counter night guard, the “boil-and-bite” night guard, and a custom-made night guard made in our office. The custom-made night guards will be the most durable, comfortable, and best fitted night guards for an extreme grinder.
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