Did you know that about 15% of people have a habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws, a condition called bruxism? Clenching and grinding can be caused by multiple factors, such as stress or anxiety, and studies have shown that even sleep apnea can sometimes go hand-in-hand with grinding and clenching your teeth at night.

So, what can be done to help with this? A Night guard is often the answer to this problem!

Bruxism Explained

We may unknowingly clench our jaws throughout the day. This can happen when we’re frustrated about something, concentrating on learning new things, or really, just doing anything throughout the day. Clenching or grinding our teeth is known as Bruxism. There’s also Sleep Bruxism, which happens when we clench or grind our teeth when we sleep.

At Adams Dental Group, we often look for these signs or symptoms in association with Bruxism:

  • Jaw muscle tenderness
  • Cracked, broken or missing teeth
  • Damage to the teeth, including the inside of the cheeks

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A Night Guard Can Help

You may be wondering, “Do I really need a nightguard?” or “Can I just try to stop clenching my jaw?”

The truth is, Bruxism, if left untreated can lead to major headaches, tooth pain, fractured fillings, broken teeth, and jaw pain. It’s extremely important to try and put a stop to Bruxism as soon as you can to reduce any tooth damage and pain. A night guard is often the best way to stop Bruxism in its tracks, quickly and safely. At Adams Dental, Dr. Roberts and his team can create a custom-fitted night guard that is comfortable and protects your teeth.

A night guard is a wonderful solution to help Bruxism. Preventative dental services and products such as mouth guards, also referred to as night guards, are an important tool for preventing these problems when they are the most damaging, while you are sleeping. Night guards are designed to be comfortable to wear, and patients typically notice a reduction in pain and a sounder night’s sleep soon after starting to wear the device. Many patients who finally get a custom mouth guard will tell us they don’t know how they ever lived without it.

Adams Dental Group Can Help Save Your Teeth

If you’re clenching and grinding your teeth (or you suspect you are) — schedule your appointment with Dr. Roberts. He will help determine if a night guard is a solution for you and develop of customized treatment plan to restore and keep your smile healthy.

Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 to schedule an appointment.


February 9th, 2021

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