Do you clench or grind your teeth at night? Prevention is the key to excellent dental health, and keeping your smile protected is the first step. Night guards can help protect your teeth from common issues related to unnecessary wear.
A night guard provides a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Because night guards are made of acrylic, they are soft and provide a cushion to absorb the pressure caused by clenching and biting. A custom fit also ensures maximum comfort so that you can wear them for long periods.
We make night guards by taking impressions of your teeth and creating a custom model so that our dental lab can craft a night guard just for you. Custom night guards are more comfortable and effective than the over-the-counter variety because they stay in place and are less bulky. Your custom night guard can also help to reduce other sleep apnea symptoms and promote a better night’s sleep as well as help protect your teeth from grinding damage.
What Causes Bruxism?
Bruxism is the grinding of the teeth and is commonly linked to factors such as stress, anxiety, smoking, sleep apnea, snoring, and fatigue. Recommended treatment includes the use of a small mouth-piece that snaps firmly over the upper or lower anterior teeth to prevent damage due to clenching and grinding. Symptoms of bruxism include:
Constant dull headache
Excessive wear on teeth
Loose or fractured teeth
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, it’s a good idea to visit our office for treatment. We can fit you with a customized appliance, commonly referred to as a splint, or night guard and repair any existing dental damage. Contact us today for a comprehensive evaluation.