Nightguards Do you clench or grind your teeth at night? At All32 Dental, we believe that prevention is the first step to excellent dental health. Part of that prevention includes offering nightguards and mouth guards to our patients to prevent unnecessary wear and trauma to your teeth. What Is Bruxism? Nightguards are designed for the specific purpose of treating night-time bruxism. Bruxism is the term used to describe excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth. While most of us experience bruxism to a certain degree at some point in our lives, unless a partner tells you that you are grinding your teeth, you may never realize it until your symptoms become problematic. What Are the Symptoms and Complications of Bruxism? Bruxism can cause numerous dental complications and conditions if not addressed. Bruxism can cause: • Worn or damaged teeth • TMJ disorders (jaw disorders) • Facial and neck pain • Periodontal (gum) disease • Headaches • Insomnia • Fatigue • Depression • Earaches • Tinnitus Do I really need to wear a night guard? If you are grinding your teeth at night – yes, you do. At All 32 Dental clinic, we believe in the value of preventative care, and night guards are one of the ways we can prevent you from damaging your teeth. Since you only get one set of permanent teeth, allowing them to be ground down is unwise. The discomfort you will suffer and the cost you will incur to repair your teeth is simply not worth skipping out on this easy, preventative measure. How Can a Nightguard Help? A nightguard provides a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Because nightguards are made of acrylic, they are softer than your dental enamel and can help to prevent damage to your teeth from clenching or grinding at night by creating a buffer. At All32 Dental clinic, we make nightguards by taking impressions of your teeth and creating a model so that our dental lab can craft a custom nightguard just for you Your custom nightguard can also help to reduce your symptoms and promote a better night’s sleep.