If you continuously wake up with jaw pain, earaches or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called bruxism. Stress, sleeping issues, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may contribute to bruxism; however, the causes are not completely known. Because most people don’t know if they even grind their teeth, it is important to have Dr. Kasper or Dr. Sparkes inspect your teeth for any wear, cracked teeth, or damaged restorations.
Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage caused by grinding your teeth. There are three basic types of mouth guards: the pre-made nightguard, the “boil-and-bite” nightguard, and a custom-made nightguard from our office. Dr. Kasper or Dr. Sparkes will discuss with you the best options for your teeth. If you choose a custom-made nightguard, Carp Family Dentistry can guarantee that it will be tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and will not prevent you from breathing properly.