Waking up with a sore jaw is more than just irritating. If it happens frequently, it can indicate a problem that’s known as bruxism. This means that you grind and clench your teeth. It’s more common at night when you lack the control to stop it from happening. As a result, it can go on for extended periods, leaving you with significant pain in the morning. Victor Nitu DDS can help to alleviate the symptoms of bruxism with a mouthguard.
Other Effects of Bruxism
Jaw pain isn’t the only issue that bruxism can cause. When you grind and clench for extended periods, the excessive pressure can cause your teeth to wear down. Your teeth may crack or chip. It can also cause your teeth to become loose and even fall out.
You may also be faced with complications involving your temporomandibular joints. The constant pressure can wear these essential joints out. They play an integral role in the movements of your mouth. If they get tired or irritated, you may find it difficult to bite, chew, or even open your mouth. The slightest movements can cause severe discomfort.
Why Get a Custom Mouthguard?
Mouthguards, also commonly called night guards, are a common solution for treating nighttime bruxism. The role of this appliance is to absorb the impact caused by grinding and clenching, keeping pressure off of your teeth and your jaw. While it cannot stop bruxism from happening, it can prevent you from feeling its effects.
When it comes to a mouthguard, we recommend a custom-made one. You could go to the pharmacy and pick on up for a lower price, but these mouthguards are not always the most effective. They may not fit your mouth correctly, a problem that renders them completely ineffective. If the mouthguard does not fit properly, it can potentially cause more harm than good.
Using impressions of your mouth, we can create a one of a kind mouthguard that perfectly fits the contours of your teeth and mouth. This ensures that it stays in place while you sleep. You also do not have to worry about it falling out or interfering with your breathing. We also use high-quality materials, which help to ensure your mouthguard’s longevity. Even so, it would help if you inspected your mouthguard from time to time. The pressures exerted on the device from bruxism can cause it to wear out over time, which will reduce how effective it is. In the event you do notice wear or other damage, you should schedule an appointment to have a new one made.
Can I Take Other Steps to Prevent Bruxism?
While a nightguard is an effective solution for bruxism, it’s not always the best one for everyone. It also only helps to alleviate the symptoms. It cannot stop what is causing your bruxism in the first place. If you are looking for a solution to the cause, or you find a mouthguard uncomfortable, there are other options to look into. If your bruxism is caused by stress, you may be able to help put a stop to it by practicing stress relief.
For some, bruxism happens because of poor alignment. This can be treated with orthodontics. Bruxism can also be caused by stimulants, which might include caffeine or a medication you might be taking. Changing your diet or switching medications after discussing your options with your doctor, can also be helpful.
With a custom mouthguard, we can help you to prevent the damage that can be caused by bruxism. For more information, call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today.