It’s not uncommon for some people to grind their teeth when they are angry or under stress. But in some instances, people may grind their teeth and not even be aware of it. Frequently, this can occur at night while the person is asleep. In many cases it is not serious and many children grow out of it as they get older. But sometimes, the problem persists into adulthood. If you are dealing with teeth grinding, you might need a night guard. Some indicators include waking up in the morning with a sore jaw, a headache or a toothache.
If you are suffering from teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, Dr. Paul Lee may suggest that you wear a night guard while you sleep. Some night guards are available over-the-counter. You simply boil them and bite into them after they cool for a moment. Dr. Lee can also provide you with a night guard. It will be of a higher quality and will be a better fit for your mouth. These are professionally made in a dental lab.
Night guards are just one way of dealing with bruxism. There are other methods of addressing the issue. If you think you may need a night guard, contact our office, Dr. Paul Lee in Fairfax, Virginia, at 703-352-9600 to schedule an exam and a consultation today.