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Wearing a Night Guard Helps Prevent Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) at Night

Teeth grinding while sleeping is often the result of stress, anxiety, or even an abnormal bite or missing teeth. For people who grind or clench their teeth at night, wearing a night guard will help prevent subsequent headaches and the wearing down of teeth as well as prevent neck, jaw, and facial pain associated with night grinding.  

When you start wearing a night guard regularly, you will immediately feel the results. In fact, after just one night with a night guard, you will notice a difference the next morning; you’ll feel better by not waking up with the painful symptoms caused by teeth grinding. Other benefits of a night guard include the following: 

 If you are grinding your teeth at night and want to take care of this problem, you can come in and talk with Dr. Hsu about your nightly teeth grinding. We will examine your teeth to see if there are any visible signs of teeth grinding, such as damage or wear to the teeth. Typical damage can include chipped, fractured or worn down teeth. We will be able to notice even minimal signs of teeth grinding and will recommend a night guard if appropriate. We will then take a mold of your teeth to create your own custom night guard that fits your teeth much like a retainer.   

The night guard works by adjusting the resting position of your jaw in order to unload the TMJ muscles while you sleep. By keeping your jaw in a relaxed position, we can reduce your ability to unconsciously grind your teeth. In some severe cases, patients still clench or grind, but the teeth are moving against the hardened plastic instead of each other, so the teeth are not harmed. Over time, grinding should decrease with a night guard. We do not recommend over-the-counter night guards because they are not fitted to your unique bite and therefore do not come with the same benefits as a custom fit night guard.  

To learn more about teeth grinding and wearing a night guard, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hsu today! (425) 882-1354.

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