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Why Use A Night Guard When Sleeping?

December 20, 2017

 There are a lot of things that happen when you sleep. Many people grind or clench their teeth, which will eventually lead to problems. Bruxism, the official name for involuntary teeth clenching or grinding, is estimated to affect 10% of adults and 15% of kids (but this could be low due to underreporting by people). You may not be aware, but those that are close by may hear the grinding/clenching at night. While you may not be able to stop the underlying bruxism, as it often happens at night when you’re sleeping, you can get a night guard, a custom made product, to prevent damage to your teeth and jaws from the clenching and grinding.

What is a night guard?

A night guard is generally a custom made thin device you wear on the top (or bottom) row of your teeth while you sleep. Your night guard is the barrier between your top and bottom teeth from touching. While these devices are traditionally made by dental labs for dentists, we make it exactly the same way for 70% less than at a dental office. Our night guards are custom-moulded to your teeth, providing comfortable and protection.

 

What health issues does a night guard prevent?

 

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  • Teeth wear:  Constant grinding and clenching will wear down the enamel on your teeth when you grind them down. Your teeth that grind or clench wear down and are exposed causing a higher chance of cavities, discoloration, fracturing, failing restorations, and other problems.

 

  • Tooth pain/sensitivity: If you have any excess tooth pain and/or sensitivity, (and it’s not from cavities), it’s likely from bruxism. Grinding and clenching can cause tooth sensitivity because of enamel damage, or fractures you cannot see in the mirror.

 

  • Tooth or crown cracking: Grinding can be severe enough that the clenching and/or grinding causes enough pressure to crack or fracture teeth or crowns. Teeth are not designed to constantly grind or clench against each other. This causes severe damage to teeth.

 

  • Chronic headaches: These are also called tension headaches caused from teeth clenching or grinding. If you sometimes wake up with a headache, consider bruxism as a reason why. People that clench or grind their teeth at night, and the pressure on the jaw can cause headaches.

 

  • TMJ: Also known as temperomandibular joint disorder, this directly affects the muscles used when chew and the joints connecting the jaw and skull. TMJ may be caused by multiple things, and one cause is bruxism. Pressure from clenching or grinding can have adverse effects on mouth and jaw structures, including muscles, nerves, ligaments and teeth.

 

While night guards are available over the counter, but those are not custom-fitted and generally uncomfortable while worn during sleep. For night guards made at your dental office, they are higher quality with custom fit but may cost over $500.

 




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