Do you ever wake up in the morning with a tight jaw or a dull headache? Are you noticing unexpected cracks on your molars or feeling like the teeth are getting dulled down? You may be suffering from bruxism, a condition marked with excessive grinding of the teeth, especially while sleeping.
Bruxism is a symptom of, but also a side effect of, TMJ disorder. Stopping the action of grinding in your sleep can help prevent TMJ from setting in or can offer some needed rest for your jaw if you already have TMJ.
Since we are asleep, it can be hard to stop ourselves from biting and grinding. Your dentist can greatly help by preparing a custom night guard for you to wear while sleeping. Night guards are made of soft material that perfectly absorbs pressure or force. So if grinding were to involuntarily occur, the night guard is very effective for absorbing the force, so it does not spread to the teeth.
The reason a custom night guard is important is due to the unique shape of each person’s mouth and jaw. A generic mouth guard cannot offer the needed level of support that a custom night guard can offer. The perfect fit allows the jaw to be placed in an optimal position for rest and does not leave space for grinding to still occur.
Are you also active in contact sports? Ask your dentist how a custom mouth guard can greatly reduce your chance of oral trauma.