One of the most common dental conditions is also one you may not even be aware you have: bruxism. The condition is characterized by consistent grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep, and it can cause a number of symptoms that may affect the overall quality of your life. Fortunately, there is a very simple solution available right here at Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey that has helped many people significantly reduce – and even eliminate – many of the harmful effects of bruxism.
A customized nighttime dental guard offers a way to protect your upper and lower teeth from grinding against one another while you sleep, ultimately providing a cushion of space between them. This can be vital for patients who suspect they may have bruxism and for those who are beginning to experience symptoms of the condition. Those symptoms can include chips and fractures, wearing down of the teeth, jaw and facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, TMJ Disorder, and many other issues. A nighttime dental guard is not one-size-fits all; in fact, it is custom-designed to offer you the best possible fit so that it will not interfere with a peaceful, comfortable sleep.
You can read more about the symptoms of bruxism and our nighttime dental guard options here. If you think you may be grinding and clenching your teeth during sleep, please contact our practice today. We will be happy to perform a comprehensive oral exam to determine whether a nighttime dental guard is the best option for your needs.