If I see a patient with a lot of grinding TMJ problems where they’re having clicking noises and when they wake up in the morning, their muscles are sore at the jaw, then I would prescribe them night guard so that activity, it gives them a break especially at nighttime, so that when they wake up, there is less wear. If there’s too much tooth wear, then their teeth gets sensitive. And if the nerve is exposed or denting, then we have to restore it with crowns, which is no fun for the patient. So, we try to catch it early on by scanning and sending it to the lab and making a night guard.
Avoid Injuries & Start Living With Less Pain
You are more likely to get the benefits of any mouthguard when it is custom-made for you and your teeth. That’s what you will receive if you come to our practice for your teeth protection. With our help, you can get either of these:
- Athletic Mouthguards – Anyone who plays high-impact sports should wear a mouthguard when they compete or practice. Athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer injuries than athletes who don’t. Anyone who jumps frequently, changes speed and direction, has physical contact with other athletes, or bats or catches something (like a ball) should wear protection for their teeth.
- Night Guards – Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects millions of people throughout the United States. Many people are not aware of this because they do it while they are sleeping. Waking up with headaches, jaw pain, earaches, and facial pain may be clues that you are a teeth grinder.
Sports injuries can lead to broken and lost teeth. We can fix teeth and replace them with restorative dentistry, but a mouthguard can spare you from those costs in many cases.
Clenching and grinding your teeth can take a toll on your smile and your oral health. It can lead to damage to your enamel. This increases your risk of cavities and tooth infections. The pressure of grinding also makes you more likely to develop gum problems.
Schedule online or call us today at 703-596-1529 to get mouthguards in McLean, VA. The team at Smiles & Dental Care is on your side!