Do I Need A Night Guard?

Bruxism is also known as grinding and/or clenching of your teeth. It’s a very common condition that affects approximately 30 million to 40 million children and adults in the US.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing bruxism:

  • Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
  • A grinding sound at night
  • Jaw muscles that are tight or painful
  • Long-lasting pain in the face
  • Swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching

There are several ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism. One of the most common is a night guard. This appliance is made in a special laboratory from an impression of your mouth carefully taken by a dental professional. Typically the night guard is worn while you sleep.  Its main function is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles. 

The most important thing to know about bruxism is that it can be treated with the help of a dentist. If you experience any of the signs of bruxism, give us a call at 832-830-8226. Our experienced Doctors and Staff will be happy to help!

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