What’s a night guard ?
A night guard is a special appliance that is designed based on a unique model of your teeth, to prevent contact between your upper and lower teeth when you sleep. By creating a small space between your dental arches, not only does a night guard prohibit the manual wear and tear on your teeth from grinding, it does not allow the large chewing muscles to bite with their maximal force and prevents them from going into spasm.
Getting a custom night guard
The fitting process is simple and fast. We will start by taking an impression of your upper and lower teeth. This impression ensures that we get an accurate fit that will be comfortable to wear, doesn’t come off easily, and is customized for you and your needs. The impressions are then used as a mold to design strong, durable and perfectly fitting night guards for each patient. Once the night guard is crafted, we go over all care instructions with you, and you can practice taking out and putting in the night guard to ensure a comfortable fit.
Good reasons to wear a night guard
For some of our patients, we have recommended a night guard in order to protect their enamel and tooth structure. Constant grinding of teeth causes attrition, or excessive wear, of teeth, and may contribute to the collapse of your bite and severe sensitivity. The enamel is an important layer of the tooth that protects it from decay. This layer cannot be replaced. If bruxism remains untreated for a long time, the teeth become weakened and you may require a dental crown due to the damage caused.
A night guard can also help to protect your jaw muscles. If you always feel pain around the jaw and cheeks when you wake up, it’s highly likely that you clench or grind your teeth at night.
Wearing a night guard will help to protect the jaw muscles from constant tension by acting as a cushion between the upper and lower teeth. A custom nightguard can certainly save you money in the long run if you are a habitual grinder or clencher. Consider the extent of damage that can occur due to bruxism. When you wear a nightguard, your teeth are adequately protected from damage, which may save you the pain and money of having to go through countless dental treatments to restore your previous bite. Reach out to our dentists to determine if you are a good candidate for this form of therapy.
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301 Queen st south, unit 3c, Bolton Ontario L7E 2B1
At Smiles on Queen ,
we recommend using a night guard if you are experiencing:
- Chronic tension or tension-type headaches due to teeth clenching
- Jaw disorders such as TMD
- Lockjaw or clicking of the jaw joints when chewing
- Soreness of the muscles of the face
Call an experienced family dentist at Smiles on Queen for help.