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Why do I need a night guard?

Your dentist may recommend a custom night guard if you grind and clench your teeth or have jaw joint (TMJ) dysfunction and pain. Teeth grinding and clenching, known as bruxism, is a habit many people have. Over time, bruxism can wear down your teeth, damage your enamel, and even hurt your TMJ.

A night guard looks like teeth whitening trays, and they’re slender and comfortable but highly durable. The trays sit over the teeth and provide a barrier, protecting your teeth from grinding or clenching.

woman holding a night guard for bruxismCommon Bruxism Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms associated with bruxism and TMJ problems are:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaws, face, neck, or shoulders 
  • Migraines or headaches 
  • Dental wear 
  • Disrupted sleep 
  • Pain or ringing in the ears 
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing or opening and closing your mouth
  • Lockjaw 
  • Popping and clicking in the jaw joints 

Bruxism and TMJ can go hand-in-hand, but your dentist can provide you with the exceptional dentistry you need to reduce symptoms and enhance comfort. 

Untreated bruxism and TMJ issues can diminish one’s quality of life because they can affect daily activities, such as eating, speaking, yawning, and sleeping. 

Do You Need a Custom Night Guard in Santa Monica?

Vision Dental Montana offers custom night guards to help with bruxism and TMJ pain. If you have a bruxism habit or TMD, please get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation with our team. 

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