Night Guards

Night Guards

Many people suffer from a condition called bruxism, or teeth grinding. This is usually caused due to stress and tensions, due to alignment issues in teeth or hyperactivity in jaw muscles. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is mostly a problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage teeth enamel causing sensitivity, jaw pain and frequent headaches. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb those sleeping nearby if loud enough.

If you grind your teeth, a night guard may be required. The night guard, provides a barrier between your upper and lower teeth while you sleep. The night guards are custom designed and fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. We will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard designed and fabricated in a dental lab. Night guards and can be used comfortably for up to 10 years.

What Are Night Guards?

Night guards are plastic coverings designed to fit securely around your teeth. They are used to prevent damage to teeth due to teeth grinding at night. They are actually quite small and can fit in the palm of your hand. Typically, they are made of clear plastic, so they will not stand out when you wear them. This is excellent news for those who are self-conscious about appearance but want to save their teeth. To see what one looks like, visit our dentist office.

Do I Really Need to Wear a Night Guard?

If you are grinding your teeth at night – yes, you do. Night guards act as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth thus preventing grinding of teeth.

At Aspen Dental Care, we believe in preventative care, and night guards can prevent you from damaging your teeth. Grinding of teeth at night causes severe attrition of the outer enamel layer leading to sensitivity and discomfort. The cost you will incur to treat the after effects of teeth grinding is simply not worth skipping out on this easy, preventative measure.

How Do Night Guards Help?

Prevent damage: Night guards are mainly used to prevent damage to natural teeth. But they are also used to prevent damage to cosmetic restorations done to teeth in people who suffer from teeth grinding.

Ease discomfort: Night grinding causes severe strain on the facial muscles leading to facial pain, headaches and teeth pain. If you wake up feeling pain and discomfort in your teeth, jaws and head, you may need a night guard. At Aspen Dental Care, we have found that many of our patients feel significantly better after wearing a night guard for just a few days. The night guards must be worn every night until the condition improves.

Prevent TMJ disorder: Severe and continuous jaw clenching and night grinding can lead to TMJ disorders. This can manifest as pain in the face, neck and while chewing food or opening the mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms call us right away to schedule an appointment. It is critical that you treat TMJ pain early by wearing a night guard and preventing your teeth from clenching or grinding in your sleep. Otherwise, it can become severe.

Are Night Guards Comfortable to Wear?

Yes. The material we use is strong and durable , yet comfortable enough to wear at night, without interrupting your sleep. The custom night guards match your measurements and exact specifications.

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