What is a night guard?
A night guard is a special type of mouth guard that is used to treat bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) while you sleep. Many people who clench and grind their teeth do so unknowingly while they sleep. When left untreated, bruxism may lead to serious dental damage and significant pain. Common signs and consequences of bruxism include:
• Chronic tension headaches and migraines
• Severe wear to the tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
• Indentations on the side of the tongue
• Jaw and facial pain
• Ringing in the ears
• Very worn, flattened down, cracked, or chipped teeth
• A tired or tight feeling in the jaw muscles
If you have noticed these symptoms, we encourage you to speak with Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann about treatment for teeth grinding in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
How do you treat teeth grinding?
The most common treatment for bruxism is a night guard. This custom-made oral appliance is made to fit snugly over your teeth, and you will only wear it at night unless otherwise instructed by your dentist. The night guard prevents the teeth from clenching and grinding together, helping to relieve the painful symptoms and avoid tooth damage. If you would like to learn more about night guards, we invite you to call or visit us soon.