Nightguard for Bruxism – Teeth Grinding
The human jaw muscles can exert over a hundred pounds of biting pressure. This force is useful for chewing tough grains or meat, but it can be detrimental to teeth if this pressure is put directly on the teeth. Jaw clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause extensive damage to the enamel and teeth structure. As part of our general dentistry treatments at Restore Dental in Highlands Ranch, we offer our patients a nightguard for bruxism, or teeth grinding, to protect their teeth from damage.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause cracks in teeth or dental restorations from exerting pressure. It can also wear down enamel and teeth, increasing the risk of decay or changing the bite alignment. In some cases, patients may experience jaw or facial pain from stress on the jaw joints, which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD/TMJ). While jaw clenching and teeth grinding can be consciously controlled when you are awake, you may need a device to protect your teeth from nocturnal bruxism.
Customized Dental Mouthguards or Nightguards
Nightguards for bruxism, or teeth grinding, are soft plastic oral appliances that keep your teeth from touching while sleeping. We design nightguards to fit your mouth perfectly so that your device is comfortable to wear. Not only does the mouthguard protect your teeth and jaw from strain and damage, but many people also report less snoring. The customized nightguard can help open the airway by shifting the jaw while sleeping, which can improve breathing to stop snoring and possibly sleep apnea.
If you have been told you grind your teeth in your sleep or you have dental issues that are caused by bruxism, treatment is available at Restore Dental. Contact our dental center in Highlands Ranch, CO, to schedule an exam to discuss whether a customized nightguard may be right for you.