Why You Should Wear a Dental Night Guard

Do you tend to grind your teeth in your sleep or suffer from chronic headaches and/or jaw pain? If so, you should consider getting a dental night guard. Mouth guards prevent your teeth from grinding and can even provide relief from temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) and other conditions. Bruxism is a common condition in which you grind and clench your teeth which causes headaches, jaw pain, and damage to the teeth, gums, and jawbone.

One of the causes of bruxism is stress which many of us are experiencing these days, so keep reading for more information on why you should a use dental night guard.


Prevent Damage to Your Teeth

The more you grind your teeth the more damage it can cause to your tooth enamel. The loss of enamel leads to sensitivity and potential tooth decay. If that decay continues to spread it can lead to infections.

Additionally, teeth grinding causes pressure that leads to tooth fractures and for fillings to wear out. This creates excruciating pain and requires many dentist trips to repair. Wearing a dental night guard protects your teeth from grinding together and spares you unnecessary pain and cost.


Prevent TMJ Pain and Chronic Headaches

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects the jaw and skull and influences the muscles used to chew. When you clench your teeth at night, you apply pressure to the TMJ which can lead to misalignment and chronic pain. If you experience pain while chewing, in your ear, or chronic headaches you might have a TMJ disorder. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to discuss TMJ therapy in Red Bank, NJ.

Save Money

Restorative dentistry to fix the many problems caused by teeth grinding and clenching can be very costly. Once your teeth have fractures they can only be fixed by a dental professional. Replacing fillings, crowns, teeth, and fixing bite issues caused by grinding require multiple appointments which add up quickly. 

Ready to improve your quality of life? Call 732-741-1052 to schedule an appointment with Red Bank Smiles to see if a night guard will alleviate your pain!