How To Get A Night Guard In Salt Lake City
Dr. Scott Elder offers night guards as well as counseling for teeth grinding (bruxism). To learn more about teeth grinding or custom night guards or if you have any additional questions, we’re glad to help you. Call us at the Salt Lake Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott Elder today. Our office can be reached at (801) 278-7100
Jaw Pain From Teeth Grinding?
Are you experiencing pain in your jaw? Have you heard people tell you that you grind your teeth at night? Or do you experience a dull, constant headache? Teeth grinding can be caused by sleep apnea, or stress and anxiety and it can cause tooth damage and other oral health issues. If you grind your teeth often and you don’t receive treatment, you can actually grind your teeth down to the point where you need bridges, crowns, root canals, or even implants and dentures if your grinding leads to tooth loss.
At the Salt Lake Dental Clinic, Dr. Scoot Elder can help you protect your teeth at night with a dental nightguard that is specially fitted to your mouth. To schedule an exam or to discuss your tooth grinding, call us at (801) 278-7100. Until then, here are a few Q&A’s about teeth grinding and night guards.
What Are Night Guards?
Nightguards are used to treat teeth grinding or Bruxism. They can also be called dental guards, mouth guards, nocturnal bite plates, or splints and they cushion your teeth while you sleep. When you grind your teeth at night, a night guard can help lighten the tension and alleviate face and jaw pain while protecting your teeth. While you can purchase over the counter night guards, they may not meet your particular needs.
Your Utah dentist can help you select the best type of night guard for your needs and if it would be best for your situation, give you a fitted night guard that better protects your teeth.
What Are The Different Types of Night Guards
- Soft Night Guards – Soft night guards are comfortable and don’t cost as much as the other types of guards. They are not very durable if you have a severe case of Bruxism. These types of night guards are recommended for those who occasionally grind their teeth at night.
- Dual Laminate Night Guards – These night guards cushion your teeth with a soft interior but hard exterior shell. These last longer than soft guards and are for people that have a moderate case of Bruxism.
- Hard Night Guards – If you have a severe case of Bruxism and chew through the other two types of mouthguards, this may be your best option. In addition, hard night guards may be prescribed for people who have TMJ, or dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint.
What Type of Treatment Is Done For Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)?
In addition to prescribing night guards to protect your teeth, your dentist may recommend several treatment options to help you reduce or eliminate the habit.
Discover The Source
Your teeth grinding may be due to stress or anxiety. In this case, your dentist may refer you to stress counseling or a physical therapist to reduce your stress. You may be prescribed a muscle relaxant to help you relax at night.
If sleep apnea is the source, you may be referred to a sleep clinic to have your sleep apnea treated. In the meantime, you will be asked to wear a night guard.
Behavioral Modifications To Reduce Teeth Grinding
- Cut back on caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
- Don’t chew on other objects or gum
- If you grind your teeth during the day or often clench your jaw, train yourself to relax
- Relax your jaw muscles at night by placing a warm washcloth on your cheeks