If you are lately suffering from severe headaches and pain in the jawbone, then you may have a condition called bruxism. The disorder may cause grinding, clenching, or grating of teeth. One of the chief causes of bruxism is stress, but unfortunately, there is no known cure. Although it can be pretty challenging to avert the fundamental causes of teeth clenching and grinding, you can get rid of bruxism’s harmful effects by wearing a protective appliance like a nightguard.
At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we provide customized nightguards to prevent the harmful effects of bruxism and protect your teeth.
What Is a Nightguard?
A night guard is a plastic appliance designed like a retainer and can be hard or soft. It safeguards the biting surfaces and must be worn on either the upper or lower arch of the mouth. People have different teeth patterns, so a customized nightguard can be fabricated to satisfy your specific requirements and provide a comfortable fit.
Benefits of Nightguard
There are several benefits of nightguard including:
Prevent Teeth Damage
Teeth grinding can decline your enamel structure. Enamel erosion causes heightened sensitivity, and your mouth can barely withstand hot or cold beverages and food. Without enamel protection, your teeth become more vulnerable to decay. When the decay penetrates the tooth’s hard enamel, you will likely develop infections.
Teeth grinding also causes damage by cracking a weak tooth and wearing out any restorations. The teeth’ surface can easily handle the force of chewing and biting, but the additional stress from clenching and grinding is not suitable for them. A nightguard will prevent tooth fractures and excruciating pain.
Persistent headaches and neck discomfort are usually the primary symptoms of bruxism as the TMJ dysfunction displays itself through migraines. The tensed muscles in the mouth, neck, shoulders, and jawbone cause headaches. A custom-made nightguard reduces headaches by relaxing the muscles and preventing teeth from grinding and clenching.
Prevent TMJ Disorders
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw and skull and impacts the chewing muscles. You involuntarily apply pressure on the TMJ when you clench your teeth during sleep, leading to its misalignment. TMJ disorder causes headaches, ear pain, and difficulty in chewing. There can also be damage to the articular disk, which is irreparable and leads to its displacement. A nightguard will prevent TMJ symptoms by relaxing the tension placed on the muscles.
To learn more about nightguard appliances, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach us at (201) 224-2705 and schedule an appointment.