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3 Signs That Might Mean You Need A Night Guard

Dental night guard

It’s tough to start your day with a headache! You can’t really focus or be productive, and you find that you’re experiencing headaches more frequently. Did you know that your teeth could be causing your discomfort? It’s true! A night guard may be a helpful solution for you. Here are some other signs that you might need a night guard.

Frequent Morning Headaches

Waking up with a headache is a telltale sign that you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Also known as bruxism, clenching and grinding causes undo stress on your muscles while you sleep, and it can often result in headaches and sometimes even migraines.

Excessive Wear

Bruxism is also the cause of excessive wear and other damage to your teeth. Fractures and chipping are also the result of bruxism and wear, and you may have to restore your teeth with crowns, bonding or veneers to restore the damage caused by clenching and grinding.

Jaw Joint Pain

The extreme stress that bruxism puts on your muscles could cause many TMJ, or temporomandibular joint issues. When your joint is not functioning properly, it can create pain in your neck, shoulders and face, which can become very debilitating.

How to Manage Bruxism Issues

 A custom night guard helps to relieve the extra stress on your muscles, as well as protect your teeth from the damage caused by bruxism. Dr. Kaplansky will design a mouth guard for you that’s comfortable to wear at night while you sleep.

Don’t live with the discomfort that bruxism can cause any longer. Dr. Kaplansky is happy to discuss a night guard at your next cleaning or check-up, or see you for a bruxism evaluation if you don’t want to wait for your six-month visit. Give our office a call today to schedule your next appointment.