Chronic stress is the most common cause of night grinding in adults. Left unchecked, grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can cause chips and fractures in the biting surface of your teeth. It can also cause problems in your joints and jaw muscles leading to TMJ disorder.
Stress management practices can sometimes help to resolve the problem. Some people will try to use a retail level night guard, but most find these uncomfortable and lead to excess saliva at night. If you continue to struggle with night grinding, you should talk to your dentist about being fitted for a custom night guard.
A custom night guard is fitted to your teeth and conform to your personal bite pattern. Because it is comfortable it encourages regular use. The durable material also allows your top and bottom jaw to slip over each other, reducing tension in the muscles.
Daily cleaning and maintenance extends the night guard’s life. This involves rinsing it each morning in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. If you notice any plaque buildup, you can brush it using a nonabrasive toothpaste, or denture polish.
Once the night guard is clean you should keep it in the case provided in a cool, dark, dry place. A little wear and tear is to be expected. If you notice any problem areas bring it with you at your next checkup and the dentist can determine the best solution.
If you have questions about a custom night guard or you would like to be fitted for a custom night, please feel free to call us at 484-704-7675 to schedule an appointment.