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5 Signs You Need a Nightguard to Protect Against Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a sensation that usually occurs while a patient is sleeping. Teeth grinding is a common problem; It affects 10 percent of people and as many as 15 percent of children, according to the American Sleep Association.

When this occurs, it means you’re grinding your teeth unknowingly, which can lead to jaw soreness and headaches. If you continue to grind your teeth and don’t seek treatment, you can have more severe problems, such as misalignment and cracked or damaged teeth. However, with proper treatment, it’s not a serious problem, and a nightguard is an easy treatment solution.

People often ask whether they need a nightguard. You may not realize you’re grinding your teeth because, of course, you’re asleep! Here are some signs that you should try a nightguard.

  1. You often wake up with a headache, jaw soreness and/or a popping or clicking sound in your jaw. Headaches and jaw soreness are the most common signs of grinding your teeth in your sleep. These two symptoms, combined with an abnormal sound coming from your jaw, are significant signs of teeth grinding.
  2.  You are experiencing stress or anxiety. Stress and anxiety are the leading causes of teeth grinding; they can cause you to clench your jaw while sleeping. If you have been experiencing stress and/or anxiety and have noticed other symptoms of teeth grinding, you should make an appointment with Dr. Banik to discuss getting fitted for a nightguard.
  3. You have an abnormal bite or crooked and/or missing teeth. If you have an abnormal bite or crooked and/or missing teeth, you are more prone to teeth grinding. Action does not need to be taken if you are not experiencing symptoms, but if you are, it is a good idea to make an appointment.
  4. You have a sleep disorder. Patients who have sleep disorders can experience teeth grinding. If you have a sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnea, contact us to discuss solutions.
  5. Your partner complains about it. Some people grind their teeth so loudly their partner can hear it. If yours reports hearing crunching or odd sounds, talk to your dentist.

About Nightguards
A nightguard is a thin, durable mouth insert that keeps you from grinding your teeth at night. They are slightly different than a mouthguard you might wear for sports. Nightguards protect a patient’s teeth while also being comfortable enough to wear while sleeping.

We recommend a custom Nightguard for the best fit. You can order nightguards online, but they won’t fit well, making it uncomfortable to wear.

During your visit with us, the team will take an impression of your teeth. The material is shaped around the mold and made sure to fit perfectly around your teeth impressions. The impression process only takes a few minutes, and we’ll call you back in a week or two to try it out so we can confirm a good fit. Dr. Banik will also talk to you about proper usage and care.

If you think you might be grinding your teeth, contact us for an appointment or ask us about it during your next dental visit.

Family Dentistry

Dr. Banik and his expert dental team are dedicated to treating patients in all stages of life and they specialize in family dentistry. For the young to the young at heart, we strive to achieve quality, individualized care.

Pediatric dentistry

The American Association of Pediatrics recommends children visit the dentist by the age of 1. From our kids’ playroom, toys, and TVs, to our extensive experience and passion for treating children, we enjoy seeing them in our office. We also understand the fears some children have, help them overcome those fears, and make coming to the dentist fun! 

Dr. Banik and his team inform and advise parents on how to promote healthy habits and attitudes. We also use sedation to make appointments easier if needed. Promoting good oral health early on can save you a lot of time and money in the future. 

Adult Dentistry

We are experienced in treating a wide range of adult dental issues. With families, careers, and daily stresses, adulthood becomes more demanding on our time and energy. Our goal is to promote good habits, have regular check-ups, and catch problems early to save time, money and pain. Dr. Banik and his team co-develop treatment plans with our adult patients, respecting their concerns, risk factors, goals, and budget. We then review options to find the most appropriate solutions.

  • Dental checkups 
  • Oral hygiene 
  • Custom athletic mouthguards 
  • Gum disease therapy 
  • Extractions and oral surgery 
  • Porcelain veneers 
  • Teeth whitening 
  • Clear correct
  • Cosmetic dental bonding 

Senior Dentistry

As we enter our golden years, dental as well as medical conditions can become more complex and challenging. We can customize treatment options especially for senior patients with regard to health issues and complications many are forced to cope with later in life. As with all patients, Dr. Banik and his team work closely with physicians as needed to achieve overall good health and longevity.

At Carolina Dentistry, we care about oral health for your entire family. Call Dr. Banik today and schedule your next appointment with the family dentistry experts in North Charleston.