You may be in need of a dental night guard if nighttime grinding or clenching is causing tooth and jaw pain. A night guard prevents your lower and upper teeth to grind against each other and prevents damage to your teeth. With one in 12 people in the US reporting bruxism or teeth grinding, usually stress related, leading to tooth damage and insomnia—wearing a night guard will enable you to relieve the pain and arrest the damage.
We at the Sharma Dental Center, Dublin, CA, will examine you and in case you need a night guard, we will design one for you to protect your oral health and quality of sleep. Please call at (925) 833-6200 to arrange for an appointment so that we can help you manage your lockjaw, jaw pain, clicking of the jaw, or assist in you in getting a night guard as part of your TMJ treatment.
What are night guards?
The small-sized night guard is made up of small pieces of clear plastic and fits securely around your teeth. And they don’t stand out in appearance.
Do I really need a night guard?
Yes, if you find yourself grinding your teeth at night. As a preventive care dental product, it prevents further damage to your original teeth so that you can avoid painful, costly and time-consuming dental visits. But we will recommend a night guard only if you require it.
Major Reasons Why People Wear A Night Guard
While the main reasons people are recommended a night guard are given below, the exact cause can only be determined by a qualified dental.
For damage protection:
Grinding can result in chipped, worn or cracked teeth leading to exposed nerves, which increases sensitivity to food and drink. And if grinding is not addressed in time, it can cause gum recession and tooth loss. Teeth grinding can also reverse gains from repair or cosmetic work on your teeth.
To ease morning discomfort:
Teeth grinding at night time can lead to tooth pain and severe headaches in the morning. At Sharma Dental Center, we find that most of our patients feel much better after consistently wearing a night guard for a few days.
Jaw clenching or severe grinding can cause TMJ (a disorder of the Temporomandibular joint), which typically starts out as a sore jaw in the morning coupled with sporadic headaches. And to treat TMJ, it is critical that the patient starts wearing TMJ as soon as possible as untreated TMJ cam make opening the mouth difficult let alone speaking and eating.
Does wearing a night guard cause discomfort?
Yes, but at our dental lab, we design customized night guards using a durable material to make them as comfortable as possible so that they don’t disturb your sleep.
Will my night guard be durable?
Buying a night guard made of good material along with proper care can make them last up to one year. But night guards made by a dentist can last decades. You should also keep them in a secure place in a hard case.
How should I take care of my night guard?
Brush and clean it regularly with a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water to remove plaque build-up. You can also soak it in a special dental solution.
To know the benefits of night guards, please call our Dublin clinic at (925) 833-6200 to schedule an appointment.