Grinding your teeth is more common than you think. It’s so common that it has a name, bruxism, and it can cause serious damage to your entire head if you do not seek treatment through a mouthguard.
Bruxism affects not only your teeth but also your gums, jaw and neck.
Nighttime grinding can cause:
- Tooth pain
- Neck pain
- Jaw pain
- Heavy tooth wear
- Damage to the surface for your teeth
Instead of bulky, ineffective over-the-counter models, Dr. Bacsa and Dr. Toler can custom fit a new mouthguard specifically molded to your exact mouth.
Life is stressful. With our help, your teeth won’t suffer.
Frequently Asked Questions about Nightguards
How do I know if I need a nightguard?
Even though you are asleep when you grind your teeth and clench your jaw, there are still ways to know if you need a nightguard.
These are some signs that you could benefit from a nightguard:
- Frequent headaches
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Loose fillings
- Tightness or swelling in your jaw
- Pain in your jaw
- Worn enamel
- Tooth sensitivity or pain
If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bacsa and Dr. Toler to discuss your options and explore the addition of a mouthguard.
Why do I grind my teeth at night?
There are many reasons why a person clenches and grinds their teeth in their sleep. Others may experience daytime grinding, too. Stress is one of the most common reasons; bruxism can be a natural reaction to stress.
Other causes can include allergies, sleep disorders, and misaligned teeth. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD, is another common cause.
Dr. Bacsa and Dr. Toler can work with you to carefully assess your lifestyle and work with you on ways to reduce, or even eliminate, your nighttime grinding habits.
How do I get a nightguard?
Our experienced team will work with you to pinpoint the source of your nighttime guarding and work to reduce it. At Bacsa Family Dental and Implant Center, we don’t believe in just treating the problem. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to ensure that we treat all of your symptoms and not just the ones causing you irritation.
Dr. Bacsa and Dr. Toler will conduct a thorough dental examination to carefully observe your habits and current condition. We use impressions of your teeth, as well as digital X-rays, to custom-create your new nightguard, offering a secure and comfortable fit that’s absent from store-bought models.
How do I use a nightguard?
During your dental appointment, Dr. Bacsa and Dr. Toler will carefully and thoroughly review usage instructions. Nightguards are intended to be worn every evening unless directed otherwise by our team.
You should begin to feel immediate relief, with the heavy, resilient plastic acting as a shield when you grind and clench your teeth. Be sure to clean your night guard every night before use, and bring it with you to your future appointments in case any new adjustments are needed.
Do you think you might benefit from a nightguard?
Call us today to schedule an appointment and see how we can help you!