Night Guard Therapy
Many men and women clench and grind their teeth at night without knowing it. This is known as bruxism, and it can be painful and destructive to your teeth. The repeated trauma causes chipping and fractures of the teeth and fillings as well as jaw soreness, dull headaches, face pain, and fatigue. The exact cause of bruxism is unclear; however, stress, anxiety, smoking, alcohol use, and abnormal bites or crooked teeth may play a part. While there is no cure for bruxism, you can prevent some issues by wearing a night guard when you sleep. Night guards, or dental guards, protect your teeth from damage and prevent the need for more expensive and painful dental restoration procedures.
Benefits of Night Guards
- Protects teeth from damage and loss of enamel
- Improves sleep patterns
- Prevents headaches
- Eases jaw stress
- Is more cost-effective than dental procedures
- Reduces snoring
Pre-made mouth guards are available for purchase at many drug stores; however, these are not as beneficial since they are not fitted to your specific bite.
Personalized acrylic night guards are created from a mold of your mouth to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. These BPA-free guards protect your teeth from unnecessary trauma and future periodontal difficulties by placing a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. By wearing a night guard, you will no longer be able to clench and grind your teeth, and therefore will no longer be at risk for tooth or bone damage, dull headaches when you wake up, or excessive jaw tension.
Since night guards are only worn when you sleep, you do not need to change any of your eating or dental hygiene habits. These guards are comfortable and painless and can be removed and cleaned each morning.
For those who play contact sports, Dr. Chung recommends wearing sports guards to protect your smile during times of potential injury.