When you wake up, do you have discomfort in your face, but particularly around your jaw? Do some of your teeth feel sensitive or loose? If so, it could be a sign that you may be clenching your jaw muscles for extended periods of time while you sleep, a condition referred to as bruxism. The good news is that many people could suffer from this at some point, and it can be treated with a night guard.
Visually, it can look like a plastic athletic sports guard, and our dentist might be able to make it for your upper or lower jaw. A night guard can help prevent your teeth from grinding by simply being a barrier between them and can help protect them by cushioning them from the clenching forces of your muscles.
Dr. Matt Hall may need an impression of your smile so a custom guard can be crafted for you. We suggest that you should brush your teeth before wearing your device each night so that you can clean your mouth and limit what may be transferred to the guard.
If you have questions regarding night guards and live near Sacramento, California, please don’t hesitate to give Hall Family Dental a call at 916-451-0407 today. We would be happy to address your dental health concerns so you can have a long-lasting smile.