Grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can cause a number of different problems. Chips and fracture in tooth enamel are the most common result. However, alignment issues and problems with the muscles in your jaw can be an even more significant long term issue.
Stress is one of the most common causes of night grinding in adults. Improved stress management techniques can help some adults will find resolution. If you continue to struggle with grinding your teeth you should give serious consideration to wearing a night guard.
The night guards sold in stores can sometimes be uncomfortable and might also lead to increased saliva production. This can have a negative impact on your sleep quality. This can cause some people to stop wearing the night guard, thus putting them at continued risk.
Fortunately, your dentist can fit you for a custom night guard. These soft plastic pieces conform to the natural shape of your teeth and jaw for maximum comfort and fit. This reduces the friction between biting surfaces to help relax muscle tension in the jaw.
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 973-742-2610 to schedule an appointment.