Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s teeth, gums, and jaw. Using an oral appliance like a high-quality nightguard is a great way to ensure that your oral health does not suffer from regular teeth clenching and grinding. To schedule a consultation with our team, please give our office a call or send us a message, and we’ll be happy to find a convenient time for you to visit our office.
How are custom nightguards for bruxism made?
To make a custom nightguard, dental impressions need to be taken so that your nightguard can be designed and created around your specific smile. This can be done during a routine appointment or a quick trip to our office. We will send your impressions to an off-site lab, and a follow-up appointment will need to be made for 1-2 weeks later. Once your new nightguard arrives in our office, we will have you try it on and ensure that it fits correctly and feels comfortable, and make any adjustments that may be necessary.
What are the benefits of wearing a nightguard for bruxism?
Wearing a nightguard is a simple and easy habit to implement into your nightly routine that can save a lot of time, money, and pain down the road. While teeth are fairly strong, the jaw muscles are some of the strongest muscles in the body, and nightly teeth grinding can cause serious damage to teeth. Once tooth enamel has been worn away, the teeth are susceptible to tooth decay and infections, and treatments like fillings, root canals, and dental crowns could become necessary. It’s best to use a preventive measure like a custom nightguard to protect your smile!
Should I get a custom nightguard from a dentist?
Some patients only grind their teeth on very rare occasions, like during times of heightened stress and anxiety. For anyone who grinds their teeth more often, however, we recommend forgoing a store-bought mouthguard and investing in a custom nightguard. These oral appliances are much more comfortable to wear, as they are designed to fit over your teeth perfectly, which means patients are more likely to wear them. Our team would be happy to create a durable, custom nightguard that will last you for many years.