How to Know If I Need a Mouthguard

Closeup of blue and clear custom mouthguards at the dentist in Indian Trail, NC

Do you wake up in the morning with an inexplicably sore jaw? Or perhaps you play a contact sport and always worry about your teeth? It might be a good time to consider getting a mouthguard.

What Is Bruxism?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is when you unintentionally grind your teeth, typically while you sleep. This condition is associated with feelings of excessive stress and anxiety, temporomandibular joint disorder, and taking certain medications.

Some of the signs of bruxism include flattened, loose, or chipped teeth; waking up with a sore and tender jaw; tooth sensitivity; headaches; and face pain.

Custom Mouthguards

One of the best ways to keep your teeth protected with bruxism is to wear a custom nightguard. While over-the-counter mouthguards are available, custom mouthguards are specifically designed for your smile, ensuring a comfortable and snug fit. At Pleasant Plains Dental, we can create a custom nightguard to provide a barrier between your teeth. This reduces any excessive force on your teeth when you subconsciously grind or clench your teeth together.

If you play a contact sport where you might run the risk of breaking or dislodging a tooth, you should wear a custom athletic mouthguard to keep your smile safe. A sports mouthguard can also help protect your lips from lacerations.

Affordable Preventive Dental Care

Whether you’re dealing with bruxism or have another dental concern, our team is here to help you reach your smile goals. We strive to keep our treatments affordable by offering an array of financing options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!