How nightguards can protect your teeth from damage

Have you been diagnosed with bruxism? Bruxism is a dental condition in which patients clench and grind their teeth while they sleep at night. It can cause significant damage to the smile and leave patients with daytime pain due to muscle tension around the jaw joint. If you suffer from bruxism and are interested in finding out how to alleviate the issues associated with this problem, call your Hoffman Estates, Illinois, dental team at Shandley Kane Dental to discuss the advantages of using nightguards.

What are nightguards for bruxism?

Nightguards are essentially specialized mouthguards for sleeping to alleviate the discomfort and damage that can be caused by clenching and grinding of the teeth. When fitted correctly, nightguards provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to reduce wear or damage caused by bruxism. They are designed not only to protect the teeth, but to relieve symptoms that result from clenching and grinding.

How do I obtain a bruxism mouthguard for sleeping?

Nightguards are available both over the counter in drug stores and at dental practices. However, dentist-fitted nightguards offer superior protection and fit and can be customized for each patient’s individual needs. At Shandley Kane Dental, we take impressions of your smile using a digital scanner to ensure the appliance is made to specifically meet your needs and protect your smile from damage. We specifically design the appliance to be in harmony with your natural jaw movements to keep your muscles and jaw joints happy. 

What can I expect when I wear my nightguard regularly?

A custom-fitted and well-designed nightguard can help relieve symptoms of TMJ. Using a nightguard also helps reduce the effects of bruxism while sleeping, thus minimizing discomfort, preventing further dental issues, and allowing you to get a better night’s rest. Patients with excessive wear or damage to the teeth may find that wearing this device eliminates further damage that can be costly to repair.

How do I learn more about mouthguards for bruxism?

If you want to learn more about obtaining a nightguard for bruxism, it is time to connect with our dentists at Shandley Kane Dental of Hoffman Estates, IL. Call (847) 428-4646 to request a visit with Drs. Steven Shandley, Elizabeth Kane, and Colleen Shandley. We are open to both new and returning patients and families in the communities of Elgin, Dundee, Schaumburg, Barrington, Chicago, Palatine, and Arlington Heights, IL. We are conveniently located at 4885 Hoffman Boulevard, Suite #300.