A custom night guard is often recommended for certain patients because it minimizes the effect of grinding the teeth at night. Night guards can also prevent pain in the joints associated with the jaw, as well as preventing headaches and muscle pain, from grinding.
Teeth clenching & grinding, also referred to as bruxism, is the clenching of the upper and lower teeth. This causes pressure on the muscles and tissues of the jaw and can lead to:
- Jaw joint disorders
- Neck & jaw pain
- Ear pain
- Tense muscles
- Excessive wear on the teeth
Collectively these symptoms are called temperomandibular joint (TMJ). If left untreated, bruxism can damage the joint that connects the lower and upper jaw, and cause the teeth to wear down.
A dental night guard is common treatment and will protect the teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding by providing a protective cushion between the upper and lower teeth. At Martin Dentistry we specialize in creating custom mouth guards, which will help to prevent the headache and muscle aches associated with clenching and grinding your teeth.