Bruxism (teeth grinding) may have you waking up with a sore jaw, tooth pain, or a headache most mornings. Stopping it can be challenging, but a custom occlusal guard can protect your teeth from the damaging effects.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the involuntary grinding, clenching, or gnashing of teeth, typically occurring during sleep. It’s a common dental problem that can lead to various oral health issues, from tooth damage to muscle tension. Bruxism may be caused by stress, anxiety, misaligned teeth, or sleep disorders.
Occlusal night guards focus on protecting the teeth and managing the underlying causes of bruxism.
How a Night Guard Helps
Wearing a night guard provides a cushioning effect so your upper and lower teeth can’t wear away at each other. It protects your teeth from external damage caused by grinding, such as chipping and erosion. However, it is not a cure for a grinding habit.
Depending on the cause of your bruxism, our team may recommend certain practices or treatments to help manage grinding habits, such as:
- Orthodontic treatment
- Stress management
- Corrective jaw surgery
Using and Caring for Your Guard
We will provide specific instructions on when and how long to wear your occlusal night guard. Typically, it is worn overnight during sleep to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
When inserting your occlusal night guard, use gentle pressure and ensure it fits comfortably over your teeth. Avoid biting down forcefully or using excessive force during insertion or removal to prevent damage to the guard or your teeth.
Clean your occlusal night guard thoroughly before and after each use with warm water, mild soap, and a soft toothbrush. After cleaning, store it in a sturdy, ventilated container provided by your dentist.
Do You Need an Occlusal Guard in Concord, NC?
If you think you have sleep bruxism, don’t wait for the symptoms to worsen. Our dental professionals can determine the right solution for you and fit you for a custom night guard. Schedule an appointment today!