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Protecting Teeth While You Sleep – Nightguard Knowledge
added on: December 2, 2015
You know you need a mouthguard when you play a sport like hockey or football, but when you are sleeping? Really? What in the world is there to protect your teeth from while you are snug in your bed, cushioned everywhere by pillows and blankets?
You need to protect your teeth from yourself!
Many patients at our dental office in Lyndhurst come to us because their teeth are cracked, chipped, or worn down and they have no idea why. And when we tell them, they have a difficult time understanding how they could have no memory of doing it. They are suffering from bruxism, an unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth, and their smiles are showing the telltale signs.
Could You Have Bruxism?
The primary symptoms of bruxism are:
Worn, chipped, broken teeth
Flattened tooth surfaces
Exposure of tooth layers and loss of enamel
Headache and facial pain
Earache from jaw muscle tension and contraction
A scalloped tongue or irregular tongue edges
Damaged mouth tissue
If you have any of these symptoms, please call our Lyndhurst dental office right away.
What Causes Tooth Grinding and Clenching?
There are a number of causes of bruxism including:
Stress, tension, or anxiety
Misaligned jaw or poor bite alignment
As a result of some diseases such as Parkinson’s disease
As a side effect of some medications
If bruxism isn’t treated, it can lead to breaking teeth, TMJ disease, and migraines. It can also ruin much of the restorative or cosmetic dentistry you have invested in.
Let Us Help
At our dental office in Lyndhurst, we can fit you with a custom-made nightguard appliance that will reduce the damage to your teeth from grinding or clenching during sleep, reduce any grinding-related symptoms, and protect your dental investments!
We help patients in Lyndhurst, Cleveland, and Beachwood smile more!