A teeth grinding habit can quickly age your teeth and cause jaw problems. You may also suffer from fractured teeth and the appearance of your smile can deteriorate. Millions of Americans suffer from a teeth grinding habit. We offer night guards in our Gretna, LA dental office, so that you can enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile.
Here Are 5 Signs You May Benefit from a Night Guard
#1 Prematurely Worn Teeth
Healthy teeth are different lengths and have a layer of enamel protecting them. People who suffer from a teeth grinding habit often have teeth that are sheared off, all the way across, making them appear all the same length. You may also notice darker dentin on chewing surfaces of your teeth.
#2 Cracked or Fractured Teeth
A nighttime clenching and grinding habit often leads to cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth. Dr. Russell Schafer can examine your teeth to see if the damage has occurred from teeth grinding.
#3 Excessive Sensitivity
Teeth grinding can cause gum recession and results in sensitive teeth. If cold drinks, cool air, or chewing chilly foods gives you a sensitive zing, a night guard can help.
#4 Bony Growths Under Your Tongue
Often, patients with a long-term teeth grinding habit eventually develop bony growths beneath their tongues. These bony growths, called tori, can make it difficult to speak properly and can feel quite sensitive. A night guard will not eliminate tori, but it can reduce or stop their growth rate.
#5 Morning Headaches or Migraines
Headaches, migraines, sore shoulders, facial muscles, head muscles, and ringing in your ears all indicate a teeth grinding habit. Patients who seek treatment with a night guard often enjoy a dramatic reduction of symptoms.
If any of these problems sound familiar, contact NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Russell Schafer.