Nightguards — Brookline, MA
Solutions for Your Jaw and Tooth Pain
Life stress is one of the leading causes of unconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching. This habit, known as bruxism, has resulted in our Boston Smile Center team seeing patients with cracked teeth, jaw and muscle pain, and frequent headaches more than ever before. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which cracked back teeth need to be extracted and replaced with bridgework or dental implants, which can be a costly and time-consuming process.
As a proactive measure, our dental office recommends nightguards to manage pain caused by teeth grinding and clenching as well as reduce the risk of needing restorative or emergency dental services later. To learn more about receiving a personalized nightguard in Brookline, give our dental office a call!
Why Choose BOSTON SMILE CENTER for Nightguards?
- 100% Custom Made for Each Patient
- Proven to Stop Teeth Grinding & Headaches
- In-Network with Many Dental Insurance Plans
What Can Cause Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding and clenching, whether done at night when you sleep or during the day, can also be caused by sleep disorders, a bad bite, and missing or crooked teeth. This combined with higher-than-normal levels of stress and anxiety makes for a perfect storm of pain and damage to teeth and the TMJ (temporomandibular jaw) joints. These are the joints that attach the lower jaw to the skull and allow you to open and close your mouth. Each joint is located just in front of your ear, and damage to these joints can lead to many more uncomfortable symptoms.
What Bruxism Symptoms Should I Keep in Mind?
Some of the symptoms of teeth clenching or grinding include:
- Dull headaches related to the TMJ
- Jaw and muscle related soreness near your ear around your jaw joints, the muscles around your cheeks, sides and back of your head
- Teeth that are painful or loose
- Cracked teeth
A brace called a nightguard can be custom-fitted and worn to protect your teeth during times that you most often clench and grind, whether it be at night when you sleep or during the day. This medical-grade plastic appliance can protect your teeth and joints from further damage. In some cases, relaxation therapy and exercises can offer added support to the problem.
At Boston Smile Center, we are here to help. If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms of bruxism, please contact us for an in-person consultation. We’re happy to offer an initial screening online from the comfort of your home for added convenience. While our practice is happy to help patients craft radiant smiles, it’s also our mission to guide you along a path that keeps your teeth and smile healthy for a lifetime.