What are Night Guards?
Bruxism, or grinding your teeth while you sleep, is a common problem that affects many people. Even though the most obvious sign of damage is the deterioration of the surface of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism might also lead to inflammation, headaches, and tooth pain, as well as discomfort in your neck and jaw. To protect your mouth against these effects of bruxism, our skilled dental professionals provide custom night guards that help defend your mouth while you sleep. Custom night guards are made with high-quality materials to fit comfortably and help improve the nature of your sleep by eliminating jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Schedule a consultation at our Washington, D.C. dental practice to learn more about custom night guards at Chang & Rothkopf Dental.
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Who is a candidate for a Night Guard?
A number of symptoms may indicate that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night. Maybe you frequently wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, a headache, and facial swelling. Other signs are loose teeth and/or fillings, worn down enamel on your back teeth, tooth sensitivity, and a receding gumline. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching at night are often caused by stress but can also be brought on by misaligned teeth, allergies, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). After a bruxism diagnosis is made, our dental team will also try to find out the cause so your night guard therapy may be coupled with another treatment for the best possible results.
Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can cause pain and discomfort in a number of ways. Night guards are a great option to lessen the fatigue caused by the negative side effects of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Specialized night guards from Chang & Rothkopf Dental can also benefit your overall oral health and ward off future issues. If this sounds like a solution to your worries or you want to learn more, call our office in Washington, D.C., to set up a consultation.