How do you deal with stress? Do cope with it by clenching your teeth or do you grind your teeth as you sleep? If so, you could risk doing serious damage to your smile. If you or someone in your family is dealing with this problem, call Advocate Dental of Palatine at 847-359-8732 today. Our dentists, Dr. George Skoog or Dr. Alla Shtilman, can provide you with a custom night guard in Palatine, Illinois, to help you protect your smile.
Night guards are a common solution for patients who struggle with bruxism or teeth grinding issues. This removable appliance fits snugly over your teeth to help protect them from damage and further teeth grinding as you sleep. If you frequently experience tension in your jaw, we recommend that you consult with our dentists to determine if you are suffering from bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that occurs during sleep, often accompanied by jaw and neck pain. Other symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Tightness in the jaw
- Frequent headaches
- Severe tooth wear (often chipping or cracking)
- Sensitive teeth
Though there are other methods to treating bruxism, night guards are often recommended due to their comfortable and more convenient application process. Instead of using bulky appliances that are difficult to sleep with, you can simply insert or remove your mouth guard as needed. This can allow you to sleep more soundly as the mouth guard protects your teeth.
Our dentists can provide you with a customized night guard that rests securely in your mouth for added comfort and a superior fit. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of night guards, contact our team today and schedule an appointment.