Dentist Fairfax, VA
Unconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep is a condition known as bruxism. A night guard doesn’t stop bruxism, but it can stop the negative symptoms such as jaw pain, jaw muscle soreness, broken teeth or tooth wear, headaches, and more. It provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth to protect them while you sleep.
While over the counter night guards are great for temporary relief, they are not the best long-term option. Over the counter night guards are not durable, they are bulky, and they are not custom fit which might lead to bite misalignment with long-term use. Dr. Mary-Stuart Gallian will custom fit your night guard to ensure your comfort and safety of your oral health. Nightguards can protect your teeth from wear, gum irritation, enamel damage, and jaw pain.
At your appointment, Dr. Mary-Stuart Gallian will discuss other ways to help reduce or eliminate night grinding. This may include avoiding chewing gum, alcohol, and caffeine, and stress ,as these increase the risks of grinding.
If you suspect you may have issues with teeth grinding, contact our office for an appointment.