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Do you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep? Nightguards offered by your family dentists in Charlotte, NC, Drs. Susan Hockaday and Jim Baucom of Hockaday & Baucom can prevent tooth damage and pain caused by the habits.
The dangers of grinding or clenching
Grinding or clenching increases your risk of these issues:
- Tooth Damage: Grinding can wear down tooth enamel, crack or break teeth and fillings, and even loosen dental implants and teeth. If broken, cracked, or loose teeth can't be repaired or saved, you'll need to restore it with bridges, dentures, or dental implants.
- Receding Gums: Over time, grinding or clenching can cause your gum tissue to recede.
- Headaches: Do you often wake up with a headache? Grinding or clenching can stress and tighten the muscles in your head and neck, causing pain.
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ): Grinding or clenching stresses your jaw and can cause or worsen TMJ. The condition affects the hinge joints on either side of your jaw, causing jaw stiffness, clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth, temporary jaw locking, and jaw, neck, or ear pain.
How can a nightguard help you?
Nightguards are simple oral appliances that offer a simple, effective solution if you grind or clench your teeth when you sleep. The guards are placed over the teeth in your upper and lower jaw and look a little like the mouthguards you use to play sports.
Nightguards absorb the strong forces produced when you grind or clench your teeth. The guards protect your teeth and restorations, reduce stress on your jaw, and help prevent or reduce headaches and TMJ symptoms.
During your visit to the Charlotte dental office, your dentist will make an impression on your mouth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory that creates your guard. In just a week or two, your brand new nightguard will be ready. Once you receive your nightguard, it's important to wear it every night, or your symptoms could return.
Protect your smile with a nightguard! Call your Charlotte, NC, family dentists, Drs. Susan Hockaday and Jim Baucom of Hockaday & Baucom at (704) 553-2348 to schedule your appointment.
Though you may not even realize you do it at all, grinding your teeth can cause some serious dental and medical issues. This seemingly harmless activity — which usually happens while you sleep — can damage your teeth or even cause you to develop conditions like TMJ disorder. Luckily, your dentist can help you get your teeth grinding under control with a night guard. Find out more about teeth grinding and night guards with Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom at Hockaday & Baucom, DDS in Charlotte, NC.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism — known more commonly as grinding your teeth — is a common condition which causes patients to clench their jaw and/or move the teeth back and forth on each other, an action called grinding. Bruxism often occurs while asleep but can also present itself in the daytime hours.
What is a night guard?
A night guard is just what its name implies: a guard for your teeth worn at night. Made from flexible, soft plastic, a night guard protects the surfaces of the teeth from grinding together. You can choose to buy an over-the-counter night guard, but they are not custom-made to your teeth. A custom night guard, prescribed by your dentist, is handmade for you to ensure a perfect fit and the best protection for your teeth.
Do I need a night guard for teeth grinding?
If you experience the common symptoms of bruxism, you can benefit from a night guard:
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Flattened or loosened teeth
- Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
- Sore jaw
- Worn tooth enamel
- Neck or face pain or soreness
Night Guards in Charlotte, NC
If you grind your teeth, a night guard can help prevent damage and ensure your teeth remain healthy. For more information on teeth grinding or getting it under control with a night guard, please contact Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom at Hockaday & Baucom, DDS in Charlotte, NC. Call (704) 553-2348 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with your dentist today!
Prevent dental wear and tear by wearing a custom-made night guard.
Teeth grinding is a fairly common habit. You may do it and not even notice. Of course, the next time you come in to see your Charlotte, NC family dentists, Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom, for a six-month cleaning they may start to notice the wear and tear that teeth grinding is taking on your teeth. Before damage gets too bad, find out when to consider a night guard and how it could help.
What is Bruxism?
While you may have never heard the word bruxism before, you are probably familiar with teeth clenching or grinding. Many people do it and don’t even know it, as it's fairly common to do it in one’s sleep. It’s important that if you have bruxism that you understand the damage it can do to your teeth.
Teeth grinding puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth, which can damage your teeth, cause tooth loss, tooth and jaw pain, recurrent headaches, enamel wear, and jaw joint disorders (TMJ).
Symptoms of Bruxism
One of the telltale signs that you suffer from bruxism is flat teeth. You may not even notice this but your Charlotte, NC general dentists will be able to during one of your regular checkups. You may also experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold in certain teeth because the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed (due to gradual wear). You may also experience jaw pain, stiffness, or clicking.
Once we determine that you grind or clench your teeth, we will often recommend that you wear a plastic, custom-made dental appliance known as a night guard that will work as a shock absorber to reduce the amount of force your jaws are placing on your teeth. This dental device is a great way to protect against future damage to your teeth and gums.
We will take impressions of your teeth, which we will use to create your very own night guard. These night guards are different from any commercial mouth guards you may find, which don’t offer the same fit (and thereby the same protection). They also offer better comfort.
Want to find out if you could benefit from a night guard? Then turn to your dentists in Charlotte, NC at Hockaday & Baucom, DDS.