Night Guards/Bite Splint
Bruxism, the medical term for grinding and/or clinching your teeth, is a very common condition that affects between 30 million to 40 million adults and children in the US, according to the National Sleep Foundation. From the occasional sore jaw to chronic grinding, it can be a serious problem. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it may be time to talk to Dr. Straka about a night guard for teeth bruxing:
- Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
- rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
- a grinding sound at night
- jaw muscles that are tight or painful
- long-lasting pain in the face
- swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching
A night guard is a dental appliance that is designed to create a barrier between the top and bottom sets of teeth, preventing bruxism and discomfort associated with TMD.
If you suspect that you have a joint disorder or might be grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, talk to Dr. Straka about how a night guard might help you. He will make an impression of your teeth and have a customized dental night guard created for you.