Can A Nightguard Help You?
It is estimated that about 60% of the population grind or clench their teeth when they sleep. This can cause many problems including pain in the jaw joint (TMJ), tension headaches, migraine headaches, loss of enamel, jaw muscle soreness and painful and sensitive teeth. An extremely effective treatment is nightguard therapy. There are several types of nightguards but they all employ the same basic concept. An acrylic appliance is custom made and worn at night while the patient sleeps. This does two things. First, it opens the bite slightly and stretches the muscles used to bite down, this in turn relaxes the muscles reducing the biting force. Secondly, because the teeth are not contacting each other they are protected from excessive wear.