We do much damage to our mouths over the years. We crack nuts with our teeth. We chew ice with our teeth. We even break open bottles or pop tops with our teeth. None of this is a good idea. However, sometimes we damage our teeth badly when we really haven't done anything wrong. There are times that we break, crack, or chip our teeth in our sleep! If you are not sure what we're talking about, let Spektor Dental tell you about night mouthguards to protect your teeth from yourself.
Why Do I Need a Mouthguard?
People who use mouthguards at night use them because they have bruxism. Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth at night. Bruxism isn't great for your teeth or jaw. You probably don't even notice that you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night. There are some symptoms that you might have noticed if you are clenching or grinding your teeth.
If you clench or grind your teeth, you may have tooth pain or jaw pain. You may have muscle aches in your jaw as well. You may notice that your jaw joint is aching, or you may even find it more difficult to open or close your jaw. Sometimes, people who have bruxism don't realize they have it until they break or crack a tooth. We might also point it out during a dental exam.
The Problem with Bruxism
Bruxism is never good. It can lead to all sorts of problems with your teeth and jaws. Bruxism can cause breaks and cracks in your teeth. If you have fillings, dentures, veneers, bridges, or other dental work, you can break or crack these as well. You can also have issues with braces or aligners if you grind your teeth. Bruxism can damage your teeth so badly they have to be removed. Over time, it can change the way your teeth look, and can create spaces between your teeth. It can cause problems with your jaw joint also.
Mouthguards to the Rescue
There are two types of mouthguards we can make for you. We can make a soft, plastic mouthguard which can protect your teeth by distributing the energy when you bite down or grind. We can also make a hard, plastic night mouthguard if you already have damage to some of your teeth. In those cases, a harder mouthguard may be better. Do you have questions about mouthguards used at night? Spektor Dental has answers for you. Give us a call at (425) 247-3629. We would love to give you some information about saving your teeth using a night mouthguard. Let us tell you about how we can make a mouthguard for you to keep your teeth straight, sparkly and shiny. Call us today, and let us make you an appointment to come in and see us!