In adults, stress is the most common cause of grinding your teeth. If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis it could cause a series of problems. Chronic night grinding cause chips and fractures in the biting surface of your teeth. In time it can even lead to problems in your jaw muscles and joints, such as TMJ disorder.
If you have been unable to control your night grinding, you should talk to your dentist about being fitted for a custom night guard.
These durable mouthpieces are custom fitted to your teeth and conform to your natural bite pattern. This level of comfort encourages regular use. Because they allow your top and bottom jaw to slip over each other, it reduces tension in jaw muscles.
Daily cleaning and maintenance will extend the life of your custom night guard. Make sure you thoroughly rinse it each morning in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. If you notice any plaque buildup, you can brush it using a nonabrasive toothpaste, or denture polish.
After you are done cleaning it you should store the night guard in the case provided and keep it in a cool, dark, dry place. A little wear and tear is to be expected. If you notice any problem areas bring it with you at your next checkup and the dentist can determine the best solution.
If you have questions about a custom night guard or you would like to be fitted for a custom night, please feel free to call us at 919-762-3239 to schedule an appointment.