Mouthguards – Is it the Solution to Teeth Grinding?

Since teeth grinding causes your teeth to break or wear down it can expose the roots of your teeth. When the roots of your teeth are exposed, it causes painful toothache and sensitivity. It will be painful eating hot or cold foods. Broken teeth can also cause other diseases such as gingivitis. 

You’ll then have to place composite or ceramic veneers over your teeth to cover up the exposed roots and to help ease sensitivity. Prevention is better than cure so consider getting a mouthguard if you find yourself excessively grinding your teeth. 

You Suffer from Face, Neck, and Shoulder Pain 

Over time the strain and tension from grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw can migrate to your neck and shoulders. Since teeth grinding happens hours at a time the tension builds up and starts affecting the rest of your body. So, if you feel a lot of unexplained tension in your shoulders and neck it’s a sure sign you may need a mouthguard for teeth grinding. 

Earache or Sensitivity 

Your jaw joints slide and rotate in front of each ear. So, when you’re continuously moving your jaw or clenching it due to teeth grinding it can cause severe earache and sensitivity. If you wake up in the morning with sore ears, it could be an indication that you’ve been grinding your teeth and you should invest in a custom-made mouthguard. 

How Will a Mouthguard Solve the Problem? 

A custom-made mouthguard is designed to protect your teeth from wear and tear caused by grinding or clenching. Since teeth grinding happens when you’re sleeping you won’t be aware that you’re gnashing your teeth. Therefore, you can’t stop yourself from grating your teeth together. 

Mouthguards even out the pressure across your jaw and creates a physical barrier to protect your teeth. Furthermore, the rubber stops the noise created by teeth grinding which is helpful if you sleep next to your significant other.

Where to Get a Custom-Made Mouthguard

The best place to get a custom-made mouthguard is at your local dentist. You’ll need a mouthguard that perfectly fits the shape and size of your mouth and only a professional dentist can make one for you. The mouthguard will fit comfortably in your mouth so that it doesn’t irritate you while you’re trying to sleep. 

Furthermore, a mouthguard is made with safe materials that won’t cause problems when you put it in your mouth. Custom made mouthguards protect your teeth better when you grind them compared to over-the-counter products.  

Final Thoughts 

Are you experiencing pain, chipped teeth, and a stiff jaw due to teeth grinding? You can get a custom-fitted mouthguard at Shine Dental. We are a private practice that specialises in making comfortable mouthguards for people who suffer from mild to severe Bruxism. 

If you’d like to solve your teeth grinding problem then give Shine Dental a call on 01623 629391 or book an appointment with us online. We’re here to help you feel great about your smile and to provide you with expert dental health. 

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