Night Guards

Kerry M. Bloom, DDS -  - Dentist

Kerry M. Bloom, DDS

Dentist located in Houston, TX

The American Dental Association estimates that at least one in every 10 adults grinds their teeth. Teeth grinding is not just painful; it can lead to chronic headaches, jaw disorders, and long-term damage to your teeth over time. Houston, Texas dentist Kerry M. Bloom, DDS, custom-fits soft, durable nighttime mouthguards to prevent you from clenching and grinding your teeth during sleep. To schedule your custom night guard fitting with Dr. Bloom, call the office, or book your appointment online today.

Night Guards Q & A

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a fancy name for a condition in which you grind, clench, or gnash your teeth – usually during sleep. People with sleep bruxism are more likely to experience other sleep-related disorders, like snoring and sleep apnea.

Some men, women, and children do have sleepless nights due to bruxism, which usually has an emotional connection. It can be a symptom of anger, anxiety, frustration, or stress. Some people also grind their teeth unconsciously when they’re deeply concentrating.

Recent research also points to a connection between bruxism and alcohol and tobacco use. Smokers and heavy drinkers are twice as likely to grind their teeth.

Do I grind my teeth?

Most people don’t realize they suffer from bruxism because it happens while they’re asleep. Yet, there are some signs you may be a teeth grinder:

  • Dull headaches
  • Face, jaw, or neck pain
  • Flattened teeth
  • Loose or fractured teeth
  • Sleep disruption
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Worn tooth enamel

If you experience any of these symptoms, especially when you wake up in the morning, a night guard may be beneficial for you. Without treatment, bruxism can cause excessive wear on teeth, headaches, jaw and neck pain, and damage to restorative dental work.

Why is a night guard important?

Night guards prevent the surfaces of your teeth from rubbing together while you sleep. There are many benefits to using a professionally fitted night guard instead of an over-the-counter product.

Dr. Bloom and his team custom make every dental night guard using detailed molds of your teeth. This custom fit makes your night guard more comfortable and effective. He considers your jaw alignment when fitting your night guard to ensure you aren’t putting any undue stress on your joint.

Your custom night guard is also a smart investment. Drugstore mouthguards may cost less initially. Yet because the quality of professional night guards is far superior, they are designed to last as long as a decade. That makes them more cost-effective over time.

Call or click to schedule a complete dental exam with Dr. Bloom today, and find out if your pain and sensitivity may be caused by teeth grinding while you sleep.

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