If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), a TMJ disorder or a related problem, our dentist may recommend a night guard. Night guards are custom oral appliances that work to manage these conditions and prevent any further damage to your teeth while you are asleep.

Many people with bruxism are not aware of the problem due to the fact that teeth grinding and clenching often occurs during the night. Some common signs of this condition include:

  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Facial and ear pain
  • Tired and tight feelings in the jaw, especially upon waking
  • Frequent headaches and migraines, especially after waking up
  • Excessively worn or flattened teeth
  • Chipped, cracked or worn teeth
  • Indentations on the side of the tongue
  • Gum recession
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

By wearing a night guard, you can prevent damage to your teeth and improve your oral health. Night guards are designed to prevent your teeth from touching and are custom made to ensure that they fit comfortably and provide effective care. Once the damage to your teeth has been halted, our dentist can assess the damage and develop a treatment plan to restore your teeth and mouth to full health and function.

To learn more about how night guards in Billings and Lockwood, Montana, can benefit you and schedule an appointment with Dr. Brysen Hansen, call Lockwood Family Dental today at 406-702-1438.