Teeth grinding can occur due to a variety of reasons such as stress, anxiety, changes in sleep patterns, or genetics. You or your partner might have noticed your teeth grinding at night. But many people are unaware that they grind their teeth at night. The condition is called Bruxism.
Night guards are oral devices that stop you from grinding or clenching your teeth.
Night grinding can cause not only disturbed sleep but also has many other side effects. The enamel of the tooth wears out with constant night grinding. This can cause sensitivity in your teeth as well as toothache. You might also experience jaw pain and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain.
If night grinding is left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to your teeth. At East Hills Dental Clinic, we provide custom-made night guards near you as an excellent way to prevent the harmful effects of teeth grinding.
Various pre-fabricated over-the-counter night guards are available. Although they are inexpensive, the size may not fit everyone, and they are uncomfortable to wear. Custom-made night guards, on the other hand, are made by the dentist near you and designed specifically to fit your teeth.
Our dentist in Calgary, AB, provides custom-fit night guards for a comfortable fit. We will first take an impression of your teeth and gums in the clinic. This impression is then sent to the dental laboratory to fabricate the night guard. Custom-made night guards are slightly more expensive than pre-fabricated ones. However, they provide a much better fit and are comfortable to wear.
In addition to getting night guards to prevent damage to your teeth, you can try other alternative techniques to help with Bruxism. Since stress is known to be one of the leading causes of Bruxism, you can try relaxation techniques such as reading a book, yoga, or a bath before bedtime. You can also try to avoid stimulants such as coffee at night.
If you want to learn more about night guards, call East Hills Dental Clinic today!