Do I Need a Night Guard?

From clenching, grinding, to misaligned teeth, there are many reasons why you may need a night guard. Here are a few signs and symptoms that you may be experiencing if you are a good candidate for a guard.

You have chipped a tooth or find yourself chipping multiple teeth
If you put undue pressure by grinding or clenching your teeth, you can damage your teeth. Though our teeth are strong, uncontrolled force of your jaw in your sleep can wear away your teeth or even cause them to weaken over time. The chip or fracture usually doesn’t happen at night, but going about your normal business during the day. To prevent unnecessary expense of repairing your teeth, speak to Dr. Schultz about wearing a night guard instead.

You wake up with a headache or jaw pain

If you are grinding or clenching your teeth, your muscles are working extra hard at night. A night guard can help position your jaw to relax your muscles and relieve some of the tension you wake up to. Depending on the severity, other interventions may be necessary.

You are taking certain medications
Certain medications, such as antidepressants, have a side effect of nighttime teeth grinding. This is due to some of the main ingredients in the medication. If you find yourself grinding your teeth while taking these types of medications, you may want to speak with your prescribing physician to adjust your dosage. If that is not possible a night guard may be necessary to keep your teeth protected and healthy.

If you have any questions about your teeth give our office a call for a consult!