The Many Benefits of a Mouthguard

If you grind your teeth at night, you have a common condition called bruxism. While teeth grinding can sound harmless, gone untreated, it carries serious risks to your oral health.

By getting a customized mouthguard, you can prevent further damage from teeth grinding and keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Our team of dentists at Advanced Dental Care of Austin in Austin, Texas shares the benefits you’ll get from wearing a custom nighttime mouthguard.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition that causes you to consistently grind and clench your teeth at night. It’s common in both children and adults, and without treatment to stop you from grinding your teeth, you risk loosening and breaking teeth, grinding down teeth to dangerous levels, and chronic headaches and jaw pain.

Symptoms of bruxism include having worn down teeth enamels, pain in your teeth, gums, face, and jaw, and disturbed sleep from pain resulting from clenching and grinding. If you suspect you grind your teeth at night, make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care of Austin for an evaluation.

The benefits of wearing a mouthguard for bruxism

Bruxism is a serious condition, but it’s easy to treat with a custom-fitted mouthguard you wear when you sleep at night. Your mouthguard prevents you from grinding your teeth by separating your top and bottom teeth, which offers you several benefits.

Mouthguards prevent teeth damage

By preventing you from grinding your teeth together, your mouthguard ensures you have no further damage or risks to your teeth and teeth enamel from bruxism. You’re also protected from any additional pain or damage to your gums.

Mouthguards stop jaw and facial pain

Clenching your jaw and face at night can lead to a painful condition called temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ can cause you to experience pain and tenderness in your face and jaw, swelling in your face, headaches, and trouble opening your mouth.

Your mouthguard acts as a barrier at night, creating a cushion when you clench your jaw. This alleviates any jaw and facial pain previously caused by grinding.

Mouthguards reduce fatigue

The pain and tension caused by bruxism can keep or wake you up at night, causing fatigue. You’ll sleep better with a mouthguard, helping you feel less fatigued during the day.

Mouthguards open your airway

In some cases, your teeth grinding can have an underlying cause. One medical condition that sometimes causes bruxism is sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to stop breathing for brief periods while you’re asleep. If you have mild sleep apnea, a mouthguard can help resolve it by opening your airway.

Getting your nighttime custom mouthguard

You’ll get the best results with a mouthguard for teeth grinding if it’s custom-made for your teeth. Our custom mouthguards are longer-lasting and more comfortable than over-the-counter versions, as they’re made to fit the unique structure of your mouth and teeth.

Our dentists make your custom nighttime mouthguard by making molds of your teeth and mouth. They make your mouthguard using the molds as a guide and ensure it fits you perfectly before you take it home.

To ensure your teeth last for a lifetime, get a custom mouthguard to alleviate tooth problems and pain. To make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care of Austin, call us or book online.

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