Teeth Grinding Guard

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Teeth grinding, medically referred to as bruxism, is a condition where individuals unconsciously clench or grind their teeth, especially during sleep. The signs and symptoms of teeth grinding include waking up with a sore jaw, headaches, increased tooth sensitivity, flattened or chipped teeth, and indentations on the tongue. In some cases, the sound of grinding can be loud enough to wake up a sleeping partner. Over time, the constant pressure and friction can wear down the enamel, the tooth's protective layer, leading to increased tooth sensitivity and even tooth damage.

The Need For Nightguards

The consequences of not addressing teeth grinding are manifold. Persistent grinding can lead to fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. In extreme cases, grinding can wear the teeth down to stumps, necessitating treatments such as root canals, bridges, crowns, or even dentures. Additionally, bruxism can affect the temporomandibular joints, leading to disorders that cause pain and hinder jaw movement. It can also contribute to developing other problems like TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) and worsening sleep disorders.

Nightguards play an indispensable role in mitigating the adverse effects of teeth grinding. These protective devices, designed to be worn over teeth, provide a cushion that reduces the stress on teeth and prevents the upper and lower sets from grinding against each other. The benefits of using a nightguard are vast: they prevent tooth damage, reduce the strain on the jaw, and decrease the risk of associated complications. Over time, consistent use of a nightguard can even train the jaw muscles to relax, reducing grinding behavior.

Bloomington MN Dentist

For those looking for a reliable solution, Dr. Brooks in Bloomington, MN, stands out as an expert in crafting custom nightguards tailored to individual needs. His precision and expertise ensure that nightguards not only eliminate teeth grinding but also preserve your radiant smile. Using a nightguards is straightforward. Simply place it in your mouth before sleeping, ensuring it fits snugly. To maintain its efficacy and hygiene, clean it regularly with toothpaste or mouthwash and store it in a protective case. And for those involved in sports, Dr. Brooks also offers sports guards to protect your pearly whites from potential trauma, ensuring your smile remains intact through all life's adventures.

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