If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), TMJ disorders, or similar problems, our caring dentists may recommend a night guard to help protect your teeth and jaw. Night guards are custom-made oral appliances that work to prevent damage to your smile and stop the problem from becoming worse.
Many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware that they have this condition. While teeth grinding can occur at any time, it is much more common at night while you are asleep. Some of the most common signs that you have bruxism include:
- Chronic or persistent jaw, facial and ear pain
- A tired or tight feeling in the jaw
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Extremely worn tooth enamel
- Chipped, flattened, cracked or very worn teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Indentations on the sides of your tongue
When you visit Modern Dental, Dr. Morley and Dr. Hamel will examine your entire mouth to determine the exact nature of the problem. Next they will create a custom night guard to protect your teeth and help you sleep more comfortably. Once the problem is under control, they will meet with you again to develop an individualized treatment plan to restore the appearance, health and function of your teeth.
If you have questions about how night guards can help you, please call our conveniently located dental office in Springfield, Illinois, today at (217) 698-3400.