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What Is a Night Guard? And Why Did We Recommend It?

February 28, 2020
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Posted By: Dentistry by Doctor Kaplansky
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When you wake up, do you notice pain in your jaw, head, neck, or shoulders? Have you recently developed tooth sensitivity or pain? Does it hurt to open and close your jaw? 

These are all symptoms of bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding or clenching. Fortunately, treating teeth grinding in Gasport may be easier than you think. In many cases, a customized night guard is all that many need to find relief from the painful symptoms of bruxism and protect your teeth from damage.

How Does a Night Guard Work?

A night guard is a customized device that is a sturdier version of a sports mouthguard. Since most people with bruxism grind their teeth during sleep, they may not realize it’s a problem until their Gasport dentist notices excessive dental wear. 

Wearing your customized night guard while you sleep prevents your upper and lower teeth from contacting each other when you bite down and minimizes the stress on your jaw joint (TMJ). 

What’s the Benefit of Wearing a Night Guard?

Bruxism causes tension and discomfort in the jaw joint, but wearing a night guard gives the TMJ a chance to rest and recover. It also helps protect your teeth from the damaging forces of teeth grinding that leads to worn, cracked, or broken teeth.

Relief in Gasport, NY for Teeth Grinding and Jaw Pain

Waking up with headaches, migraines, muscle aches, or pain in your jaw and shoulders indicates that you may have the teeth grinding habit we call bruxism. But treatment may be simpler than you think, and a customized night guard may be all you need to relieve your pain and protect your teeth from wear. 

Schedule an appointment at our Gasport dental office, so Dr. Kaplansky can conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth and jaws. 

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