Getting a night guard is a really good idea if you grind your teeth at night. Teeth grinding (bruxism) is very common, and occurs when the teeth are uncontrollably clenched and gnashed together. This can cause a lot of discomfort and pain, as well as long-term oral health consequences.
A night guard can be used to cushion and protect the teeth from direct contact, reducing the risk of tooth damage and reducing strain in your mouth. This also helps prevent future jaw issues like TMJ/TMD, which are common in people who grind for a long time. Contact The Smile Lounge today to schedule an appointment and get the treatment you need.
About 1 in 3 people suffer from teeth grinding. Left untreated, grinding can cause oral pain, cracks and damage to the teeth, and premature wear, as well as jaw issues.
To begin, you’ll need to visit one of the dentists at The Smile Lounge to discuss your oral health. Your dentist will examine your teeth, look for signs of severe grinding, and determine whether or not a night guard is needed to protect your teeth.
This usually takes place during your consultation if you’re approved for treatment. Your dentist will use a set of trays and dental putty to take impressions of your teeth, which are used by a dental lab to create your night guard.
You will be sent home, and your teeth impressions will be sent to a dental lab. The lab will build a night guard that matches your teeth perfectly. The interior of the night guard will be made of soft, cushioned plastic, while the outside will be made of a harder, more wear-resistant material. Typically, this covers only your upper teeth.
Once your night guard has been built, you’ll come back to The Smile Lounge to pick it up. Then, just wear it every night to protect your teeth from grinding.
You will need to continue wearing a night guard until you no longer grind your teeth. In some people, teeth grinding is a temporary issue, and things like stress are thought to raise the risk of nighttime teeth grinding.
Lots of people choose to wear night guards for the rest of their lives. They’re very comfortable and are long lasting, and do not affect their sleep. When it comes to preventing premature tooth damage, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
There are some alternative treatments that dentists offer to help with bruxism, such as Botox injections and “biofeedback” devices that alert you to grinding and encourage you to stop, even when you’re sleeping at night.
However, most patients are better off with a night guard. Night guards are affordable, durable, and very effective at protecting the teeth from damage. If you’re interested in other options, though, consult with your dentist at The Smile Lounge for more information about your alternatives.
When properly placed and with good oral hygiene habits, dental crowns can last up to 15 years.