Splints are used to protect your teeth from grinding. If you usually wake up with jaw pain or a headache, you may be grinding your teeth at night. The best way to find out if you are is to look into the mirror and see if you notice any damage to the tips of your teeth. People sometimes grind their teeth at night and don't even realize they are doing it. The act of grinding the teeth is called bruxism.
The tips of our teeth should only touch while we are eating. If they are touching only a little, damage can still be done over time. Fillings, crowns or veneers may end up being needed in order to protect your teeth from more damage. Once the damaged teeth have been addressed, you will need to protect them from further damage. A dental splint can be used to protect your teeth at night. It is made of acrylic resin and looks a lot like a mouth guard but is harder. It is placed in your mouth only at night in order to keep your teeth protected from grinding.
If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth at night, call us at Trail Ridge Dental and we can set up an appointment to evaluate your teeth and discuss a solution. Call us today!