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Do mouth guards help prevent teeth grinding?

A common sign of stress and tension is a clenched jaw. It happens to most of us from time to time, but if you suffer from chronic clenching and possible teeth grinding, then you may be experiencing more than temporary stress; you may suffer from a TMJ problem. Your TMJ or temporomandibular joint is the technical name for your jaw joint, your upper and lower jaw to come together.

The least invasive and likely effective treatment for TMJ disorders (TMD) is a custom-made mouth guard you wear while you sleep. In this case, we call it a night guard though mouth guards can also protect your teeth and jaws during contact sports and other activities.

Why You May Grind Your Teeth and The Solution

Often, TMJ issues result from a misalignment in your jaw, which causes an imbalance when you chew, talk, and yawn—nearly any jaw function can exacerbate a balance problem. The result is teeth grinding creates constant, unnatural force, which leads to muscle, headaches, and neck pain.

Your nightguard is made from impressions of your unique bite and functions by gently repositioning your jaw, which takes the pressure off the joint. These appliances may also protect your teeth from uneven wear due to grinding and can safeguard restorations like dental crowns and veneers from cracking under stress.

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