Many people, children and adults alike, suffer from bruxism, or the chronic grinding and clenching of teeth. This grinding and clenching can occur at any time but is most common at night when asleep, which means that many people with bruxism are unaware that they have this condition. When left untreated, bruxism can cause significant damage to your teeth and oral health, resulting in:

  • Chronic jaw, facial and ear pain
  • Tired or tight feelings in the jaw, especially when waking
  • Frequent tension headaches and migraines
  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Chipped, flatted, cracked or broken teeth
  • Exposed tooth enamel
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Indentations on the sides of the tongue
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint) issues
  • And more!

If you have bruxism, our experienced dentists may recommend a night guard to manage the condition and improve your oral health. Night guards or custom made mouth guards used to protect your teeth while you sleep. They work by providing a barrier between the teeth, preventing them from touching and redistributing the forces that cause tooth damage. Your night guard is specially designed to fit your mouth comfortably, ensuring that you can rest easily.

We invite you to call Athens Dental Design today at 706-353-7860 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Lacour or Dr. Charles Burch and learn if a night guard in Athens, Georgia, is right for you!