If you notice the signs of teeth grinding, you may benefit from a custom night guard.
Do you suffer from bruxism, or grinding and clenching of the teeth? Wondering if a night guard might be the solution? An appointment with Dr. Lee, Dr. Huffman or Dr. Clark can help us assess your symptoms and whether you will benefit from this dental appliance.
A night guard is a special type of mouth guard that is used to treat bruxism, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If our dentist suspects that you suffer from bruxism, a night guard can protect your teeth from damage and prevent teeth grinding while you sleep. Many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the condition because it occurs while they sleep. Common signs of nighttime teeth grinding include:
Chronic jaw, facial and ear pain
Awakening with a tired or tight feeling in the jaw
Frequent tension headaches and migraines
Excessive tooth wear, leading to chipped, flattened, cracked or very worn teeth
Extremely worn tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
Indentations on the side of the tongue
Increased tooth sensitivity
If you notice signs of bruxism, a night guard may help. Your night guard is unique to you and will be custom made to fit your smile. We will ensure your night guard fits comfortably – so it can effectively prevent teeth grinding and clenching, allowing you to sleep peacefully while protecting your smile.
Benefits of Wearing a Dental Night Guard
If you wake up tired with a sore jaw or aching teeth, then you may have a problem with chronic teeth grinding. This dental issue is called bruxism, and it can cause long term problems if you don’t get treatment. Some signs of bruxism, aside from getting poor sleep and having jaw pain, are tooth sensitivity, face and ear pain, worn enamel, mouth sores and chronic headaches.
Bruxism can cause long term medical and dental problems if it’s not resolved. When you grind your teeth, your jaw puts excessive pressure on your teeth, chipping away the enamel from your teeth as well as the dentin — the porous, light yellow layer of tissue right beneath the enamel and cementum.
If you grind your teeth at night, our dental professionals can create night guards that will be fitted to your teeth to stop the night time wear on your teeth. Wearing these dental night guards can also prevent all the other problems that come with sleep bruxism — including expensive dental bills from the damage nighttime teeth grinding can cause!
How Night Guards Work
We will make a night guard that fits in your mouth perfectly to help you get a great night’s sleep. Night guards are made to protect your teeth by acting as a barrier when you clench and grind your teeth. They cushion the jaw muscles, so you wake up refreshed and without facial pain and ready to face the day.
There’s no reason to live with the pain, damage and annoyance of bruxism. Our experienced dental staff will custom fit your teeth for your ultimate comfort. The dental guards are made from high-quality materials that are so easy to wear, that you’ll have no trouble falling asleep. The process is simple, just come to us for your personalized dental guard. When you wear it every night you’ll notice a difference in the way your mouth, face and jaw muscles feel right away.
Save yourself from having to spend time and money on extensive dental work. It’s never too late to get a professional dental guard. Just call our friendly office today for a consultation, so we can help you stop the grinding.
Contact us today to learn more about night guards and how we can prevent teeth grinding – or schedule an appointment for a consultation.
We look forward to improving your rest, comfort and dental health.