Do you wake up in the mornings with discomfort in your face, particularly around your jaw? Are some of your teeth sensitive or loose? This may be caused by clenching your jaw muscles for a prolonged period of time, a condition referred to as bruxism. The good news is that many people have suffered from this at some point in their life and it may be treated by using a night guard.
A device worn inside your mouth, a night guard can help keep you from grinding your teeth. It can look like a plastic athletic sports guard and our dentist may be able to be make it for your upper or lower jaw. They can help cushion your teeth from the force of the clenching and prevent your molars from grinding, which could prevent further damage.
To get a night guard, Dr. Sharon Hanne may need to take an impression of your smile so a custom guard can be crafted. We recommend that you brush your teeth before wearing your device so that you can cleanse your mouth of food particles and limit what is transferred to the guard.
If you would like to know more about night guards and live near Edwardsville, Illinois, please give Hanne Dental a call at 618-656-9700 today. We want to help you care for your dental health so you can have a long-lasting smile.