If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called bruxism.

Although the causes of bruxism are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stressful situations at home, school, or work, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may contribute to bruxism. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations, or even tooth loss.

Nightguards are an easy, non-invasive treatment to help treat bruxism. Nightguard are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding cause over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.

Choosing the right nightguard is essential. There are three basic types of nightguards: Hard Acrylic, Hard/Soft Acrylic, and Soft Acrylic.

Come visit our doctors at Otter Dental to have a costume-made nightguard that will be designed just for you. We are dedicated to staying on top of the latest dental advances, so we are constantly learning new and better ways to design his appliance.

If you think your mouth feels uneven or you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (907) 452-7007.