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If you regularly wake up with a headache or pain in your jaw or teeth, you may suffer from bruxism or TMJ. People with bruxism have a tendency to grind their teeth or clench their jaw when they sleep. This can cause the teeth to erode prematurely, creating opportunities for bacteria and plaque to infect the teeth. Bruxism can also cause serious headaches and pain in the jaw that can lead to trouble sleeping and a lower quality of life. TMJ refers to a series of issues having to do with the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. People who suffer from TMJ or TMJD often experience popping and pain in their jaw joint. Both TMJ and bruxism are common among adults and children, and both are treatable with the help of the dentist.
Protect Your Teeth with Night Guards
When you schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Brite Clean Smiles, he or she can talk to you about night guards. Night guards are one of the simplest and most effective ways to help treat TMJ and teeth grinding. With a custom fitted night guard, your teeth and jaw will be able to relax while you sleep, allowing you to wake up without pain. Night guards also help protect your teeth from the excessive wear that can be caused by teeth grinding and teeth clenching.
You can purchase night guards in most pharmacies. However, these store-bought night guards are usually much less effective at treating TMJ and bruxism than custom-made mouth guards. When you visit our Costa Mesa dental office, your dentist will make a mold of your mouth and carefully examine your teeth to determine exactly how your mouth is being affected by your bruxism or TMJ. With their expert eyes, they can examine the wear on your teeth and provide you with a professional solution for dealing with your bruxism or TMJ — a solution that simply can’t be matched by a store-bought guard. There are various types of custom-fitted night guards that your dentist can provide you with, and their solution will be much more effective at helping you sleep more soundly and wake up more refreshed.
Bruxism and TMJ mouth guards are relatively inexpensive ways to help improve your quality of life and your oral health. In a simple one-hour appointment, one of our Costa Mesa dentists can fit you for a night guard and craft it while you wait. That means that when you schedule an appointment with us to receive a new mouth guard, you could be sleeping better that very same night.
Call our office today at 949-777-1005 to schedule an appointment to get fitted for your custom night guard as soon as possible. You’ll be amazed at how well a simple oral device can help reduce your pain and improve your sleep — literally overnight!