Night Guards

Night Guards in Jenison, MI

Many patients who come to Jenison Family Dentistry complain of migraines, poor night’s rest, jaw discomfort, or issues with specific teeth, and they don’t know what’s causing the problem. Often, these clients have healthy teeth and gums that don’t require treatment, so what may be the issue?

While sleeping, many people clench and grind their teeth. Some people do it every night, while others do it when under stress. It’s a mechanism for your mind to cope with difficult circumstances while your body is sleeping. In dentistry, we call this Bruxism. We have tools to help, such as a night guard for teeth.

Signs And Symptoms of Bruxism

Bruxism is widespread, and some people aren’t even aware that they grind their teeth. You may experience the following Bruxism symptoms:

  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Have dull headaches when you wake up
  • Jaw discomfort
  • Pain in the face
  • Extreme sleepiness during the day

Occasional teeth grinding may not cause serious problems. However, long-term, continuous Bruxism can result in fractured teeth, loss of tooth enamel, and, in severe cases, tooth loss.

The specific reason for Bruxism is unknown, but stress and worry are thought to play a major influence. Alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, sleep apnea, snoring, an irregular bite, and crooked teeth are all possible causes.

Night Guards for Bruxism

Most cases of Bruxism can be readily managed by sleeping with a night guard on your teeth. Dental mouth guards, nocturnal bite plates, and bite splints describe night protectors for teeth.

They work by forming a barrier between your teeth to prevent contact. The night guard for teeth helps relieve tension by cushioning the muscles in your jaw when you clench your teeth. This cushioning relieves facial and jaw pain and protects your tooth’s enamel.

Our team at Jenison Family Dentistry makes custom nightguards for those looking for a solution. The thin material is comfortable and removable. Give us a call today for more information or set up a consultation.