Many people have a destructive habit of clenching or grinding their teeth at night. This habit can be something that goes unnoticed by many patients but is fairly easy to diagnose with a dental exam from Dr. Moos. If you have woke up in the morning to a sore jaw, headaches or chipped teeth you most likely are clenching and grinding your teeth at night. Another tell tale sign of a grinding habit is your back teeth will have a “Table-Top” look or in other words will be very smooth and flat. Over time, this grinding wears through the protective enamel layer of your tooth and exposes the inner dentin layer of the tooth where most nerve ending reside. Teeth in this state are much more susceptible to decay, fracture and sensitivity.
A Nightguard is a very simple comfortable night time appliance that helps protect your teeth. It is a piece of hard acrylic molded to custom fit your teeth. You simply insert the Nightguard right before bed and take it out when you wake up in the morning. We have a number of patients in this appliance and all of them have great success with relieving symptoms caused by clenching and grinding, not to mention protecting their teeth from any future wear. Ask Dr. Moos more about a Nightguard and if it is something that could benefit you.