Nightguards for Bruxism 101

woman grinds her teeth while sleeping

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can rapidly destroy your teeth if you grind frequently. Even if you grind your teeth from time to time due to stress, it’s a great idea to invest in a nightguard for bruxism.

About Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Bruxism is common and may not be obvious, as bruxism can also occur while you sleep. Besides teeth grinding, bruxism also includes clenching the teeth together. Symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Jaw Soreness
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Dull or Frequent Headaches
  • Jaw Dislocation
  • Tooth Sensitivity

Unfortunately, bruxism shares symptoms with TMJ/TMD disorder, so a proper diagnosis by an experienced dentist like Dr. Chung is highly recommended.

Treating Bruxism

Once you have been diagnosed with bruxism, Dr. Chung and our team will create a custom treatment plan to help prevent grinding. While there is no exact cure for bruxism, a custom mouthguard or nightguard is an effective way to avoid teeth grinding.

Nightguards for Bruxism

Wearing a nightguard during sleep can help act as a barrier between the teeth. The nightguard works as a cushion to the muscles in the jaw, which can prevent face and jaw pain and protect the enamel of the teeth.

Nightguards can be purchased over-the-counter but are more likely to wear out quickly or not work as effectively as they aren’t fitted to your mouth. Instead, a custom nightguard for bruxism from the dentist can be more effective as the thickness of the nightguard can be customized, and so can the size.

A nightguard for bruxism may feel weird at first, but it truly will help reduce the contact between teeth while keeping the jaw in a secure position.

Custom Nightguards in Seattle, Washington

Do you suspect you grind your teeth at night? Schedule a visit with our dental office in Seattle for an evaluation! Dr. Chung and our team are here to help you keep a healthy smile.

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Reen Chung, DDS

Reen Chung, DDS