Grinding your teeth while you sleep can be the culprit of a host of problems. Night guards will protect your teeth from grinding that happens while you sleep, which causes teeth to break and wear down over time.
WHY DO I NEED A NIGHT GUARD?
Do you wake up in the mornings with a headache or a sore jaw? If so, here is a good chance that you suffer from involuntary teeth grinding while you sleep, also known as bruxism, which wears teeth down over time. This is problematic because the more worn down your teeth become, the less effective they are for essential actions like chewing. Not only that, but teeth flattened by grinding are more susceptible to cracks, receding gums, temperature sensitivity since the nerves are exposed, and even lost teeth. In addition, grinding could lead to more severe problems like intense or constant migraines and, in extreme cases, TMJ. Wearing a night guard is a proactive solution to protect the teeth and prevent patients from having to treat the resulting problems with a myriad of other dental solutions, such as porcelain crowns, dental bridges, porcelain veneers, dental implants and root canals.
Teeth grinding could also be a symptom that alerts you to the bigger problem of sleep apnea. If you think you suffer from sleep apnea, read more about how we can help on our Sleep Apnea page.
WHAT’S THE CURE?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for grinding. But the problem can be effectively treated with a custom-fitted night guard.
PROCESS FOR NIGHT GUARDS
Since every patient is different, it is important that night guards do not have a one-size-fits-all approach. In order to do the best job of protecting your teeth, we will create a customized night guard that perfectly fits your smile. During your visit, we will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will then be sent off to our dental lab, who will make the night guard to exactly match your teeth. Once the night guard is ready, you will return to pick it up at our office and make sure that it fits comfortably. Then you will be able to take it home and wear it every night while you sleep.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
In many cases, dental insurance covers all or part of the cost of a night guard. To schedule a consultation or speak with one of our specialized treatment consultants, contact our office.