In the morning, when you first wake up, do you have discomfort in your jaw? Do some of your teeth feel more sensitive or loose? If so, you may be clenching your jaw muscles while you sleep, a condition known as bruxism. At some point in their life, many people may experience this condition, but it can be treated with a night guard.
Looking similar to a plastic athletic sports guard, Dr. Robert Hauptman may be able to create one for your upper or lower jaw and covers your teeth. It can be a buffer from the clenching forces and may help prevent your teeth from grinding together, which could halt the progression of damage.
To have your custom night guard crafted, our dentist may need to impression of your smile. It is recommended that you brush your teeth prior to wearing your device so that you might clean your mouth of food particles and limit what may be transferred to the guard.
If you are interested in learning more about night guards and are near Madison, Mississippi, please call Gluckstadt Family Dentistry at 601-790-9245 today. We would be thrilled to care for your dental health so you can have a long-lasting smile.