If you would like to stop grinding your teeth at night, we can customize a nightguard to meet your needs. At Pine Creek Dental, we know that it can be frustrating if you wake up with a headache, but we can help you protect your oral health with a nightguard that has been customized to meet your needs.
When you come to our Colorado Springs office, we want you to be as comfortable as possible before, during, and after your visit. We can help determine why you grind your teeth at night, and customize a nightguard that fits your mouth perfectly. That way, you can get the good night’s sleep you need and protect your oral health.
Learn more about nightguards below, and give us a call to schedule an appointment.
What Are Nightguards?
A nightguard is a plastic tray that you wear over your teeth at night to protect them from the effects of bruxism, or grinding your teeth. The tray is typically worn over your upper arch and cushions your mouth while you’re asleep. If you’re more comfortable with a lower arch nightguard, we can discuss that option as well.
Although you can get universal mouthguards over the counter, custom-made nightguards offer the best fit and protection. The molding process ensures that the nightguard snaps right over your teeth and stays in place all night.
We use state-of-the-art equipment to create your nightguard on the spot and verify that the fit meets your expectations. If you ever have any problems with how your nightguard feels, let us know, and we’ll fix it right away.
Why Do You Need a Custom Nightguard?
Nightguards are used to protect your teeth from the loss of tooth enamel that occurs when you grind your teeth. Some of the impacts include:
- Excessive tooth enamel wear
- Chipped and cracked teeth
- Pain in your jaw joints
- Tension headaches
- Poor sleep
When you visit our office for a dental exam, we will perform an evaluation to look for any signs of teeth grinding. Then, if we believe you need additional protection, we can customize a nightguard to meet your needs.
We will discuss treatment options with you to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for your oral health.
What Are the Most Common Signs of Bruxism?
You may not know that you grind your teeth at night and not notice any damage immediately. On the other hand, there are a few symptoms you may notice if you grind your teeth regularly. The most common symptoms include:
- Jaw pain
- Facial soreness
- Tooth pain
Most of these symptoms are resolved throughout the day, but can reccur the following morning after a night of grinding your teeth.
You might even hear from your family members that you audibly grind your teeth at night. Ask them how often they notice the grinding to get a feel for the severity of the issue.
We do not want your enamel to get worn down, and that is why we want to help you create a nightguard as quickly as possible. By protecting your enamel, we preserve your oral health, comfort, and smile.
The Pine Creek Dental experience means keeping you as comfortable as possible while putting your needs first. That is why we will customize a nightguard to meet your needs. If you would like to learn more about treatment options for brexitism, contact us today to schedule an appointment at (719) 268-9400.