Nightguards for Bruxism – Orange Park, FL
Protect Your Smile for Years to Come
Millions of Americans are affected by unconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching, a condition known as bruxism. While it may not sound like a big deal, bruxism can lead to chronic health problems, such as headaches, jaw pain, and weakened teeth. Dr. Matthew Nawrocki wants to do all that he can to protect your smile from damage, which is why he can offer a personalized nightguard to help you achieve the restful, comfortable sleep you deserve. Keep reading below to learn how you could benefit from wearing a nightguard.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition characterized by chronic jaw clenching and teeth grinding. It usually happens at night, but it can sometimes also occur during the day. A common cause of bruxism is stress, but it can also develop as a result of caffeine consumption, certain medications, a misaligned bite, or facial trauma. People of all ages can grind or clench their teeth during times of increased anxiety or stress, but bruxism is most common in older adults.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Some common signs of bruxism include:
- Waking up with mouth or jaw pain
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Aching, clicking, or popping in your jaw
- Pain in your face, neck, or ears
- Chipped or worn-down teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
- Sleep disturbances
In many cases, a partner can identify nighttime teeth grinding before you can, as it often produces a noise. If you sleep alone, however, keep an eye out for any symptoms and contact us right away if you notice any of them. Left untreated, bruxism can significantly damage your teeth and lead to serious oral health problems.
How We Can Treat Bruxism with a Nightguard
After Dr. Nawrocki has confirmed that you have bruxism, we can begin the process of creating a nightguard. First, we take digital impressions of your smile and send the data to a dental lab. Your nightguard is then crafted from a durable yet thin clear plastic that is designed to perfectly fit over your upper teeth. Once it arrives at our office, you’ll come back, and we’ll make sure it fits before sending you home to enjoy safer and more comfortable sleep.
Benefits of Using a Custom-Made Nightguard
When deciding on bruxism treatment, keep in mind that not all nightguards are created equal. Although you can find cheap nightguards at many retailers, they won’t provide the snug, personalized fit that one from our office will. As a result, they won’t provide as much protection. Plus, they likely won’t be nearly as comfortable or last quite as long.
Because our nightguards are made from impressions of your teeth, they can more effectively protect your teeth from the pressures of clenching and grinding. With proper care, your nightguard can help you get a better night’s sleep for years to come!