If you habitually grind your teeth at night, you already know the associated problems that come along with it. Teeth grinding – also referred to as “bruxism” – causes everything from disrupted sleep to jaw pain to morning headaches and much more. Bruxism can also lead to (or develop as a result of) TMJ disorder, which is a condition where the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed and irritated. That condition, in turn, leads to a host of other painful symptoms. If left untreated, teeth grinding can also wear down your natural teeth and/or do substantial damage to existing dental restorations, such as crowns, implants, and bridges. Fortunately, there are some very effective non-surgical methods to treat bruxism and TMJ disorder. One of the most common is the use of night guards, which are worn by patients while they’re asleep. Dr. Mobley treats her Austin, TX patients for both bruxism and TMJ disorder, and routinely fits patients with custom-made night guards.
Important Information about Night Guards
Types of Night Guards
One type of appliance that Dr. Mobley provides for her patients is particularly helpful for people with snoring issues. It’s a mandibular splint that, when worn by the patient while sleeping, works by positioning the lower jaw in a forward position. This repositions the jaw, helps to reestablish a proper bite, and assists the patient in achieving a more sound night’s sleep.
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