Are you experiencing chronic headaches and migraines ??
Did you know that your teeth could be causing your discomfort? It’s true! Involuntary night time teeth clenching, also known as BRUXISM could be the cause for it.
A night guard may be a helpful solution for you. A dental night guard is a thin transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth.
But first let’s look at the warning signs of Bruxism:
Frequent Morning Headaches
Waking up with a headache is a telltale sign that you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Also known as bruxism, clenching and grinding causes stress on your muscles while you sleep, and it can often result in headaches and sometimes even migraines.
Bruxism is also the cause of excessive wear and other damage to your teeth. Fractures and chipping result, and you may have to restore your teeth with crowns, bonding or veneers to restore the damage caused by clenching and grinding.
Jaw Joint Pain
The extreme stress that bruxism puts on your muscles could cause many TMJ, or temporomandibular joint issues. When your joint is not functioning properly, it can create pain in your neck, shoulders and face, which can become very uncomfortable.
How does a night guard help
A custom night guard helps to relieve the extra stress on your muscles, as well as protect your teeth from the damage caused by bruxism. We at Clover Medical Centre will design a mouth guard for you that’s comfortable to wear at night while you sleep.
Don’t live with the discomfort that bruxism can cause any longer. Our restorative dentists will be happy to discuss a night guard at your next cleaning or check-up, or see you for a bruxism evaluation if you don’t want to wait for your six-month visit. Give our office a call today to schedule your next appointment.