Nightguards for Bruxism – Lincoln, NE
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Do you frequently wake up with soreness or pain in your mouth, jaw, or face? Do your teeth feel oddly flat or worn-down lately? These are signs that you might have bruxism – a condition where you grind your teeth and/or clench your jaw, usually while you sleep. This disorder can have dangerous dental consequences if you let it go untreated, which is why your dentist in Lincoln, Dr. Olberding, offers nightguards to treat bruxism. These customized trays fit snugly over your teeth to prevent harmful contact during the night. Read the information below to learn more. If you still have questions about bruxism or nightguards, feel free to contact us with your query.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a problem that is estimated to affect as many as one in three Americans at some point in their lives, regardless of age. The most common causes tend to be poorly managed stress, anxiety, and caffeine consumption, although it could also be the result of a dental issue such as a misaligned bite or TMJ (jaw joint) disorder, or a side effect of certain medications. Talk to Dr. Olberding about your full medical history if he or you suspect you may have bruxism.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Although bruxism is more common in adults, younger patients can clench and grind their teeth as well. The majority of people who suffer from this condition don’t even realize they have it until their dentist points it out, since the grinding usually happens while they’re unconscious. Sometimes, a partner can identify bruxism by hearing a grinding sound coming from the other side of the bed. Other times, you’ll have to watch out for the following symptoms:
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
- Aching jaw
- Facial, neck, or ear pain
- Broken or eroded teeth
- Weak tooth enamel resulting in sensitive teeth
How a Nightguard Can Help
Nightguards, or plastic trays worn over the teeth, work by preventing direct contact between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. They may also work to position the upper and lower jaws to stop grinding at the source.
One reason a nightguard works so well is because it is custom designed to fit over your teeth. You could find one-size-fits-all options in stores or online, but because they don’t fit as snugly, they won’t provide nearly the level of protection you need and deserve. In addition, they’re more comfortable, allowing you to get a better night’s sleep.