Should I Start Using A Nightguard?

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Have you recently asked yourself the question, should I start wearing a nightguard? If that is the case, there must be reasons why. Keep reading and find out why a nightguard is beneficial.

Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding your teeth. If you wake up with a headache or soreness in your jaw, you may be grinding your teeth as you sleep. Do you clench your teeth during the day from stress? Many of us do this unconsciously.

A nightguard will prevent the upper and lower quadrants of our teeth from touching and will reduce or eliminate tooth grinding. In addition, your teeth can’t get damaged, chipped, or become sensitive if you wear a nightguard.

nightguard for teeth grinding and clenching

If you are grinding your teeth, yes, you should start using a nightguard.

The Effects Of Teeth Grinding

If you grind your teeth at night or even during the day, here are just some of the negative effects:

  • You may develop cracked teeth. If you already have cavities or fillings, your enamel is compromised and your risk of cracked teeth increases.
  • You can develop attrition which is shortened teeth from the constant grinding. This will require costly dental work to restore your teeth to their natural size.
  • If you use too much force when you grind your teeth, you may end up with recessed gums. When gums recede, roots become exposed.

Ways Wearing A Nightguard Can Help

The benefits of wearing a mouthguard include the following:

  • Better sleep
  • Less tension and pain in your jaw
  • Reduced headaches
  • Snoring can be prevented
  • Less cost in the long run
  • Reduced TMJ pain

Using a custom nightguard while you sleep can help to improve your life and reduce chronic pains.

The cost of one is significantly less than veneers, root canals, crowns, or other treatments needed to correct damage caused by bruxism. Prevent the damage before it happens. 

Contact Dr. Robinette at 828-267-0651 and discover if you should start using a nightguard to prevent bruxism.