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Mouthguards/Night Guards/Bruxism

Image of a mouthgaurdNight mouthguards help to protect the teeth and jaws from grinding. The team at Michael Brody D.D.S. are experts in fitting mouthguards that will give you the protection you need.

Teeth grinding (or bruxism) is an issue that affects a large part of the population, leading to jaw clenching and chronic pain in the temporomandibular joint. Teeth grinding can lead to frequent headaches and pain in the temporomandibular and ear area, as well as in the jaw muscle. These are just a few symptoms of bruxism, which most often occurs at night during sleep and is a significant issue that should be dealt with carefully. Our mouthguards will help to protect from such grinding when you are sleeping.

Many people do not know they suffer from bruxism, only finding out during dental checks due to the evidence left on the teeth and jaw. Bruxism can be both diurnal and nocturnal but nocturnal bruxism is the most prevalent. Directly or indirectly, bruxism can cause many issues, from teeth abrasion to teeth loss. Furthermore, ligaments can be damaged, and the mandible itself can go through pathological changes.

Symptoms of Bruxism

The signs of bruxism initially appear at tooth level. The first obvious symptoms are fissures and damage to the enamel, as well as changes in teeth shape, often because of damage to lateral teeth and grinding of frontal teeth. Another symptom of bruxism is the appearance of dental sensitivity and chronic dental pain. Pain can also occur around the ears, due to damage to the temporomandibular joint and the enlargement of the masseter muscle.

The causes of bruxism are unclear, but besides dental alignment issues, many specialists believe it is caused or accentuated by high levels of stress. Studies show a correlation between bruxism and anxiety and between bruxism and hyperactivity. Regardless, our dentistry experts are on hand to help protect you from the harm that bruxism can cause.

Night Mouthguards

We can treat bruxism with night mouthguards: specially made devices that fit the teeth of one of the arches. Mouthguards are made as part of the patient’s dental treatment, including the minimization of imperfect teeth contact and bite analysis. The mouthguard will also help relax masticatory muscles, by positioning the mandible in a favorable or neutral position.

It’s important to mention that before recommending the use of a night mouthguard, a first step is ensuring that are no other orthodontic problems, problems of dental spaces or pathogenic positions of the teeth. If such orthodontic problems are found, they may solve teeth grinding problems if corrected, improving the movement dynamics of the mandible.

If no dental alignment issues are found, the issue may be neurological or psychological, in which case night mouthguards are needed as a symptomatic treatment. These make sure teeth, and the jaw is not damaged at night.

Sports Mouthguards

Here at Michael Brody D.D.S., we will be more than happy to help you with sports mouthguards. While regularly engaging in athletic activity has great health benefits, it can also pose several risks. High impact sports, in particular, pose the risk of damaging teeth, producing facial lacerations and causing bone damage. One of the ways athletes protect themselves is by using mouthguards. Our mouthguards are made specifically to help athletes prevent or at least reduce teeth and bone injury.
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