Do you frequently wake up from sleep with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches and find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth? Then you may have a disorder called bruxism.
Many people may not even be aware that they grind their teeth, as it happens during sleep. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to fractured dental fillings or other tooth damage, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), morning headaches, and facial pain.
Nightguards provide an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism. At Blossom Dental Wellness in Sacramento, California, we can provide you with one designed to improve your oral health and quality of sleep.
What Are Nightguards?
Nightguards are specially designed dental appliances that help keep patients from damaging their teeth due to the grinding or clenching of their teeth during sleep. They can be tailor-made at a dental office from soft material to fit your teeth. A nightguard is secured over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.
Selecting the correct nightguard is essential. There are three basic nightguards available: the prefabricated nightguard, the “boil-and-bite” nightguard, and a custom-made nightguard. When you choose a nightguard, make sure to choose one that is tear-resistant, comfortable, and well-fitted for your mouth. It should be easy to maintain and does not interfere with your breathing.
What Is the Process For Getting Nightguards?
- Impressions of your upper and lower teeth are taken to ensure an accurate fit.
- The impressions are used to fabricate the nightguard out of robust and durable plastic material.
- When the nightguard is ready, it is fitted to your mouth to see if it fits well.
- Wear the nightguard before going to sleep every night.
What Are Some Benefits of a Nightguard?
There are several benefits of a nightguard, including the following:
- It helps reduce migraine pain.
- It alleviates headaches and facial pain.
- It averts jaw disorders by relieving pressure.
- It prevents the development of TMD (temporomandibular disorder)
- It provides comfort and keeps your teeth and jaw safe during sleep
How Should You Care For a Nightguard?
The best way to maintain your nightguard is to clean it regularly, which is fairly easy. All that is essential is to brush the night guard with a soft toothbrush, toothpaste, and warm water. This will prevent plaque accumulation. Additionally, you can use a dental solution and soak it once a week. Make sure to dry it afterward to prevent any bacteria buildup.
For more information about nightguards and how they can help you, call Blossom Dental Wellness in Sacramento, California, at 916-422-3991 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Novan Nguyen.