If you’ve ever woken up with a sore jaw, tooth pain, or a headache, then you know the struggle of sleep bruxism (teeth grinding). Because it happens in your sleep, stopping it can be very difficult, but one way to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding is to wear a custom night guard.
Wearing a night guard provides a cushioning effect so that your upper and lower teeth can’t wear away at each other. It protects your teeth from external damage caused by grinding, such as chipping and erosion. However, it is not a cure for a grinding habit, and as long as the grinding continues, some symptoms such as jaw pain may not change.If you think you have sleep bruxism, don’t wait for the symptoms to worsen; schedule an appointment, and Dr. Aruri can determine the right solution for you and fit you for your custom night guard. We can also discuss other methods of reducing your grinding symptoms, such as lowering stress levels.