Night Guard

Nighttime tooth grinding is a sleep disorder common among adults that can have serious side effects. Also known as “sleep bruxism,” adults who grind their teeth may awake to a headache, sore jaw joints, sore jaw muscles, or chipped and worn teeth. Other times there may be no symptoms, but the noise of your teeth grinding may disrupt your sleep or the sleep of your family members. While tooth grinding occurs more frequently in children, most outgrow it by age twelve. To protect your teeth and prevent tooth grinding and further damage from occurring, we at Carolina Family Dental recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Banik to see if the a custom-made night guard may be right for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What causes nighttime tooth grinding?The cause of nighttime tooth grinding is not well understood. We know that some people are more susceptible to it than others. We also know that those people who grind their teeth may not do so every night.
  2. Who is at high risk for nighttime tooth grinding?There are certain risk factors that are associated with nighttime tooth grinding. The risk factors for nighttime tooth grinding include:
    • Airway problems
    • Untreated bite problems
    • Stress
    • Obesity
    • Certain medications
    • Certain neurologic disorders
  3. What can I do to minimize my risk of future nighttime tooth grinding?In addition to having a custom night guard made, to minimize your risk of nighttime tooth grinding, Dr. Banik may recommend diagnosing and treating any bite problems or nighttime airway issues. He may also recommend managing stress or excessive weight problems.
  4. What will happen if I choose to do nothing about my nighttime tooth grinding?Nighttime tooth grinding that is left untreated may cause permanent damage to your jaw joint and teeth. Besides breaking and wearing down teeth, grinding irritates the nerves in your teeth and can cause hot, cold and chewing pain in your teeth themselves. Tooth grinding may also lead to chronic headaches and chewing muscle sensitivity during the day.
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