If you are prone to grinding your teeth (bruxism) or clenching your jaw in your sleep and you wake up with sore jaw muscles, chronic headaches, earaches, and jaw pain, a night guard could help minimize your symptoms and prevent you from grinding your teeth while sleeping. A night guard is a comfortable, removable appliance that acts as a splint to protect the jaw joint.
Prolonged bruxism can result in erosion of your tooth enamel, creating problems with your bite, and pain and tension in your jaw.
A night guard can also be comfortable if you have symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD). TMD can create a range of symptoms such as pain, clicking noises in your jaw, locking of your jaw joint when eating or yawning, and headaches. There are several other treatments for TMD that Dr. Fernandez can suggest. A mouthguard is a good place to start since it’s a simple device that you can use at home while sleeping.
Protecting your smile during physical activity is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries occurring in athletes, and you see professional athletes in many sports using them now. We’ll fit mouthguards for your children as well to protect their teeth and avoid restorations or tooth replacements.