Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, may be the reason why you often wake up with a toothache, jaw pain, headache or TMJ pain (joint near your ear canal). Clinching and grinding your teeth, especially at night, can lead to excessive wear on tooth enamel, broken teeth, abscessed teeth, and even TMJ pain. The easiest solution for this is wearing a Nightguard. So, if you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your family dentist in Albuquerque for a check-up and a custom made dental night guard that will put an end to your discomfort.
A night guard is an appliance you wear while sleeping through the night that alleviates the effects of teeth grinding and protects your teeth. There are different types of night guards like soft ones, dual laminate ones, and acrylic ones. After your dentist evaluates the type of the issue, they’ll be able to prescribe you a night guard that is most suitable for you. Professionally made night guards are created in a laboratory and are custom made for your mouth so they’re comfortable and perfectly fitted to your mouth.
At Gallegos Family Dentistry, Dr. Gallegos can make you a custom fitted guard to wear at night. This guard will help alleviate the pain in the TMJ joint experienced in the morning as well as other symptoms you might be having after a night of clinching and grinding. It will also eliminate the wear and tear on the teeth, and help reduce tightness in the muscles that help open and close our mouth.
Come in for a consultation to learn more about this appliance and how it can help you!