There's no doubt that over the years, we can do lots of damage to our mouths. We crack nuts, open cans, and pull thread with our teeth. We even use our teeth to pull plastic from new clothes. Your poor teeth suffer through a lot, and they don't ask for much. However, when they crack or break, they can cause trouble. You can even crack, break or chip your teeth at night while you're sleeping. If you are doing that, you might want to think about wearing a mouthguard. Night mouthguards are a way that you can protect your teeth. If you aren't sure what wearing a mouthguard at night can do for your teeth, let Zhou Dental Care give you information about protecting your teeth at night with nightguards.
Why Do I Need a Mouthguard?
You may know about using mouthguards to protect your teeth during sporting events. You might not know how important it is to protect your teeth at night. Some people need to protect their teeth more at night than they do during the day because of bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that causes you to grind your teeth at night, or clench them. When you grind your teeth, you are moving them back and forth against each other.
Most people aren't aware that they are clenching or grinding their teeth at night, until they begin to have signs of bruxism. You may feel pain in your tooth or in your jaw. Your jaw muscles might ache because you were clenching them all night. You might have trouble getting your jaw all the way open - or closing it. We might notice you have a problem when you come in for a checkup. It is easy for us to see the damage inside your mouth when you break or crack a tooth.
Why Bruxism Is A Problem
If you have bruxism, and you're not treating it, over time, the clenching and grinding of your teeth can lead to real issues for your mouth, especially your teeth and your jaw. You can begin to have breaks and cracks in your teeth because of bruxism. You can also crack any dental work you have, such as dentures, veneers, fillings, bridges, or orthodontics. In fact, you can damage your teeth so badly from bruxism that they have to be removed. Bruxism can even change the way your teeth look over time. It can make spaces between your teeth, and cause inflammation with your jaw joint.
Mouthguards to the Rescue
If you do have bruxism, there are two different types of mouthguards we can use to help you at night while you're sleeping. We can make a plastic night guard that is soft and flexible that distributes the energy to your whole mouth when you bite down or grind your teeth. If we see that your mouth is already damaged from bruxism, we may want to make you a hard plastic mouthguard. This will prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth at all. Do you have questions about mouthguards for bruxism? The experienced professionals here at Zhou Dental Care have answers for you. Give us a call at 503-282-3884.