If you or someone you know experiences severe tooth, jaw or facial muscle pain, it may be from the effects of grinding your teeth at night (a medical condition called bruxism) or it may be from clenching your teeth, which can be just as harmful.
Studies suggest those who grind and clench their teeth may experience up to 80 times the normal tooth wear per day compared to those who do not. Eventually, your teeth will be worn down and destroyed. The good news is that a simple bite splint - nightguard can offset the effects of this often-subconscious habit while protecting your teeth from daily excessive wear and tear.
A nightguard is a horseshoe-shaped, retainer-like, plastic appliance with shallow borders that can be worn on either the top or the bottom arch. It is designed to protect the teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding by providing a protective cushion between the upper and lower teeth. A nightguard can be a simple, and affordable solution for protecting your teeth and jaws from the damaging effects of bruxism. When properly made, it can help reduce clenching, grinding, and TMJ problems by helping to relax the muscles in the jaw.
After Dr. Wokuluk has made a simple impression of your upper and lower teeth a qualified laboratory will fabricate your customized nightguard from a variety of acrylics appropriate for your individual situation.
A nightguard is a cost effective proactive step to protect your existing healthy teeth. Ask Dr. Wokuluk if a nightguard can help to provide temporary relief from grinding, bruxing or clenching.
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