Protect Your Smile with a Custom Nightguard

Do you wake up with a sore jaw or headaches? You might be clenching or grinding your teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to damaged teeth, jaw pain, and even TMJ disorders.

At Allen Park Dentistry, Dr. Maxine Cannon and our team can help! We offer custom mouth guard solutions as a safe and effective solution for bruxism. Call (313) 928-8848 to learn more. 

What is a Nightguard?

woman in a tank top feeling her faceA night guard is a thin, removable mouthpiece worn over your upper or lower teeth while you sleep. These custom mouth guards create a barrier between your teeth, preventing them from grinding together and reducing the force of teeth grinding and clenching.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is characterized by involuntary clenching or grinding of teeth. It can happen during sleep (sleep bruxism) or while awake (awake bruxism). Many people grind their teeth occasionally, especially during stressful times. However, chronic bruxism can lead to dental damage and other health problems.

Several factors can contribute to bruxism and the need for a mouth guard, including:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Certain medications
  • Misaligned teeth or bite problems
  • Sleep disorders like sleep apnea
  • Medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease

Symptoms of Bruxism

Since bruxism often occurs during sleep, you might not even be aware you have it. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching noises heard by a sleep partner
  • Waking up with a sore jaw
  • Dull headaches, especially in the temples
  • Facial pain
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Worn down, flattened, or chipped teeth

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cannon for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Benefits of Bruxism Nightguards

night guuardDental night guards for grinding teeth are a safe and effective way to manage bruxism and prevent its potential complications. Here’s how they can benefit you:

  • Protect Your Teeth: Nightguards create a barrier between your upper teeth and lower teeth, preventing them from nighttime teeth grinding and reducing wear and tear.
  • Reduce Jaw Pain and Headaches: The clenching associated with bruxism can strain your jaw muscles and lead to headaches. Nightguards help to relax these muscles and alleviate pain.
  • Improve Sleep Quality: The noise of teeth grinding can disrupt your sleep, and the discomfort can make it harder to fall or stay asleep. Nightguards can promote a more restful night’s sleep.
  • Prevent TMJ Problems: Bruxism can contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which can cause pain and difficulty chewing. Nightguards can help to prevent TMJ problems by reducing stress on the jaw joint.

By addressing bruxism with custom-fitted night guards, you can protect your oral health, alleviate pain, and improve your overall well-being with a solution that fits perfectly on your front and back teeth.

Candidacy for Nighttime Mouthguards

Nightguards are not a one-size-fits-all solution, and not everyone with bruxism will necessarily benefit from them. Here are some factors that Dr. Cannon will consider when determining if a nightguard is right for you:

  • Severity of Bruxism: The severity of your teeth grinding or clenching will influence the need for a nightguard. If it’s mild and infrequent, addressing the underlying cause (like stress) might be enough. However, for moderate or severe bruxism, a nightguard can offer significant protection.
  • Symptoms: If you’re experiencing symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, or damaged teeth, a nightguard can significantly improve your comfort and prevent further complications.

Receiving Your Custom Mouthguard for Bruxism

At Allen Park Dentistry, we prioritize creating a comfortable and effective nightguard for you. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Consultation and Examination: Dr. Cannon will discuss your symptoms and examine your teeth and jaw to determine the type of nightguard best suited for your needs.
  2. Digital Impressions: We utilize digital scanners to capture precise images of your teeth, ensuring a perfect and comfortable fit for your nightguard.
  3. Nightguard Fabrication: Your impressions are sent to a dental lab for the creation of your custom nightguard.
  4. Fitting and Instructions: Once your nightguard arrives, you’ll return to our office for a fitting to ensure proper fit and comfort. Dr. Cannon will also provide instructions on how to wear, clean, and care for your nightguard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Give Your Jaw Relief From Bruxism Pain– Schedule Your Visit Today

Bruxism pain can be disruptive and frustrating. Take control of your oral health and prevent further discomfort with a custom nightguard from Allen Park Dentistry. Call us today at (313) 928-8848 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cannon. We can help you achieve a comfortable, pain-free smile and a good night’s sleep!

In addition to addressing bruxism, Dr. Cannon offers comprehensive preventive care to safeguard your oral health for years. Just like our custom nightguards, prevention is key! We proudly welcome patients from Taylor, Lincoln Park, and Melvindale, MI.