Nightguards for Jaw & Bite Problems in Waterbury, CT
For many people the way their teeth fit together causes stress on the jaw muscles and joints. Several people grind or clench their teeth. Regardless of the reason, a poor bite and frequent grinding and/or clenching can cause serious damage and pain to teeth, jawbone and the muscles and joints controlling the jaw. Many people suffer from headaches, head and neck muscle pain as well as ear pain, including popping and clicking noises near the ear when they open or close the mouth. Often it is due to a poor bite, clenching or grinding of the teeth.
Whether the problem is due to a poor bite or frequent grinding or clenching, the jaw muscles never get a chance to rest. They are overworked, fatigued and go into spasm. Some people can wear their teeth right down to the gum line, some will experience loose teeth, and some will have pain in or near the ear and possible radiating over the head and neck. The muscles need a chance to rest.
A device, known as an splint or nightguards can provide rest for the muscles and thus alleviate all the above symptoms. It is custom fitted to your teeth, and provides a flat surface for your lower front teeth to rest on in whatever position is comfortable for your jaw muscles. It also helps break the cycle of grinding or clenching, which other appliances used in the past did not do.
Waterbury Smiles provides quality general,cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services for Connecticut families. We serve the communities of Waterbury, Watertown, Middlebury, Naguatuck, Woodbury and Southbury. We invite you to make an appointment today!