Splints & Night Guards in Calgary
Protect your teeth while you sleep with custom splints and night guards
Problems with your temporomandibular joint can lead to poor sleep and dental damage. We can correct this with a custom splint or night guard.
It’s not all bad news, there is a simple treatment for bruxism
A custom splint or night guard will help to dissipate the pressure of your bite and prevent clenching behaviour. We’ll also work with you to discover the source of your teeth grinding.
Visit Eastport Dental in North East Calgary to find out more about treatment for bruxism.
We typically recommend a combination of treatments for your tooth grinding and bruxism
Treating bruxism is not just about preventing damage to your teeth, we also need to address the underlying issue. While the first step in treating bruxism is to create a custom night guard or splint to help prevent further damage to your teeth, we can then address the underlying cause. This might include stress reduction or Botox injections in the jaw to help these muscles to relax. Dr. Newman will take you through the treatment options to find the ideal solution for you.
Sleep apnea increases your risk of bruxism
Almost one-quarter of sleep apnea patients also suffer from bruxism. This can lead to poor sleep and difficulty concentrating during the day. Most people don’t know they have sleep apnea or bruxism.
The link between poor sleep, headaches and jaw pain
They might seem unrelated, but these could be a symptom of something easily fixed with a custom splint
If you never feel rested after a night’s sleep, bruxism could be to blame. Sufferers will typically wake up feeling tired and have other symptoms, such as jaw pain, tooth pain, neck pain and even headaches. Most people fail to link these symptoms and never know they are grinding their teeth or clenching in their sleep.
If you sleep alone or if your partner has never noticed, tooth grinding could go unnoticed for a long time. This is one reason that regular dental checkups are so important. We may be able to spot the signs of bruxism in your teeth, such as specific wear patterns. If you often wake with dental pain or jaw pain, please mention this during your next checkup with us!
The treatment for bruxism is very simple. A mouth guard or splint will help to prevent further damage to your mouth while you identify the underlying cause of your bruxism. Bruxism is often linked to TMJ disorders, which is a problem with your temporomandibular joint. When your teeth and jaw are out of alignment, you may grind your teeth at night in an attempt to optimize your bite.
By addressing the underlying causes of your night teeth grinding, you can protect your teeth and enjoy a more restful night’s sleep. Alongside a night guard or splint, we may also explore the options of dental restorations such as crowns and bridges to fix uneven or missing teeth, but that will depend on your unique situation. We may also discuss Botox injections to help your jaw muscles to relax.
Book your appointment today to explore treatment options with us at Eastport Dental in Calgary.
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