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Grinding, Clenching & Nightguards

If you wake up with a tired or stiff jaw or have sensitive teeth, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep.  Grinding of the teeth is a condition called bruxism.  Over time, bruxism will result in the wearing down and loosening of your teeth and may even result in Temporal Mandibular Joint problems.

You can reduce these risks by wearing a nightguard.  A nightguard is a clear and thin.  It can be hard or soft or even a combination of both.  It is removable and can be custom made to fit over the upper or lower teeth during sleep.  In addition to relieving head, neck, and jaw pain, it will protect your teeth and your dental restorations such as fillings, bonding, and crown and bridge work.

There are over the counter devices that are less expensive than the professional custom-made appliances.  However, you should only use those under the close supervision of a dental professional as they can do more harm than good in some instances.

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