While you might not realize it, your discomfort could be the result of teeth grinding. Here we will discuss many important factors that relate to teeth grinding. Topics discussed include:
- Risks and solutions: If you do grind your teeth, what are the consequences and what can be done to fix the problem.
- Night guards: Are they an effective solution?
- Side effects of nighttime grinding: Do you experience jaw discomfort, neck discomfort, or have headaches?
- Teeth grinding in children: Can it be dangerous?
- Price: What’s the cost of a custom night guard and where can I get one?
Risks and Solutions
During teeth grinding, we apply extra forces to our teeth and present dental work, leading to grave consequences of this uncontrollable habit. There are so many people who suffer from teeth grinding both during the day and at night. Many do not even realize that they are doing it.
Nighttime teeth grinding is often more damaging as it can not be controlled while we sleep. Uncontrollable nighttime teeth grinding can chip teeth, wear down enamel, cause facial discomfort, jaw problems, and also increase tooth sensitivity (to hot and cold drinks). If you have been grinding your teeth regularly at night for many years, by the time you get between the age of 40-50, there is a very high chance you might need dental work to fix the effects.
All about night guards:
A solution to end night time teeth grinding
A simple solution to nighttime teeth grinding is a night guard. Night guards are devices that should be put into your mouth when you sleep. The goal is to stop the grinding and prevent further damage to your teeth and pre-existing dental work.
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What are the side effects of nighttime teeth grinding?
The biggest concerns are:
– TMJ symptoms
– Inability to open your mouth
-Discomfort during chewing
– Headaches or neck discomfort
Some things you can do to help relieve these side effects include minimizing jaw movements, eating softer foods, and using relaxation techniques. By using an ice pack on your jaw, it can also help lessen the discomfort. However, none of the methods mentioned will get rid of any discomfort completely. The most effective way is to wear a nightguard, which is a simple device that can be worn to help you break the habit over time.
At all of our offices, we make soft night guards that are custom-fit to you. Custom-made, soft night guards are more comfortable to wear and tend to stay in a mouth all night. Thus, protecting you from the effects of night teeth grinding.
Additional benefits of night guards are:
1. They can help prevent cracked fillings and tooth decay.
The materials used for fillings are strong, but over time, teeth grinding can have an adverse affect on them – after all, they are made of plastic. The materials in the fillings will eventually crack due to grinding and once this happens, cavities can develop in the cracks of the filling material.
2. They can eliminate discomfort and headaches.
Some of the things that can occur from teeth grinding are headaches, earaches, jaw and neck discomfort, and stiffness within the facial area. These symptoms are signs of a stressed TMJ and can make you feel miserable in your day to day life. Night guards can make a difference when it comes to these symptoms. The device stops the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other, eliminating tension to the face and taking pressure off of your TMJ. The night guard also helps to slightly re-position the teeth, which decreases jaw discomfort greatly.
3. They can help improve your sleep pattern.
Night guards are so comfortable in your mouth that they can significantly improve your quality of sleep and also help you have a more structured sleeping pattern. The guard is actually positioned in a way that relaxes your jaw and keeps the muscles in your mouth as relaxed as possible. Also, the fact that the night guard alleviates discomfort is another reason why it improves sleep – making for a happier you!
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Children who grind their teeth – is it dangerous?
Children can also suffer from nighttime teeth grinding just like adults. A reported 15-33% of children allegedly grind their teeth, which is quite a large statistic! Grinding of the “baby” teeth isn’t known to cause many problems in children, as permanent teeth will replace their baby teeth. The problem is, after the adult teeth come in, if the child is still grinding their teeth, this will result in the same problems that adults experience as previously detailed. The child might need crowns or a night guard to help with the grinding and you should consider doing this sooner rather than later.
How much for a custom night guard for teeth grinding?
It’s crucial to get a custom night guard becase it will fit you, and only you. Night guards that you can buy for $10 or so in most stores simply won’t be effective because they are not designed for you or your mouth. A custom night guard will give you the maximum possible benefit, which you will experience shortly after beginning to wear it. We are a high-quality Lincoln dental clinic and we can make your custom night guard for $75. Now, that’s pretty affordable!
On the whole, there are many benefits to wearing a night guard. So, get in touch with one of our local Lincoln dentists to find out more about how we can help alleviate your jaw discomfort and help stop teeth grinding.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Your Lincoln Family Dentists
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