Do you clench and grind your teeth during the night when you sleep? Most patients would answer this question “no” because they are unaware of what they do subconsciously while they rest. However, many patients are surprised to find out that they do! Dr. Sharon E. Schindler of Schindler Dentistry encourages Columbus, OH area patients to become more aware of the signs that they may be damaging their teeth and impacting their smile with a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism encompasses clenching and grinding that happens without one’s knowledge. It may be caused by stress or could be something that one has been doing for life. Regardless, it is essential that Columbus, OH area patients get a proper diagnosis and discuss a night guard.
What are the signs you might need to wear a night guard?
There are a few signs that may indicate that you could benefit from wearing an oral appliance at night to protect the smile from damage. These include:
- Being told you clench and grind in your sleep. Oftentimes, a sleeping partner will notify an individual that they clench and grind their teeth during the night. If this is a common occurrence, it may be time to get a proper diagnosis and discuss night guards with a dental professional.
- Showing visible signs of wear and tear on the teeth. A dentist can often spot the signs of bruxism as they will notice unusual wear and tear on the patient’s teeth. Patients may also experience broken or loose restorations when they struggle with bruxism. Teeth can become cracked, worn, or even sensitive due to long-term bruxism.
- Waking up with a headache. Patients who wake up most mornings with a headache may be dealing with the stress and tension of the mouth caused by grinding. These headaches may be anywhere from mild to intense. These pressure headaches may be eliminated with night guard use.
- Experiencing jaw pain and facial soreness. The pressure of the jaw when clenching and grinding can stress the surrounding jaw muscles and result in inflammation that can be painful. Many patients experience an aching feeling in the jaw, face, or teeth.
Do you need a night guard?
Purchase a custom night guard through Schindler Dentistry of Columbus, OH today and start taking better care of your smile! Dr. Sharon E. Schindler and her team are conveniently located at 775 Yard Street, Suite 175 and can be reached by phone at (614) 586-0609.