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Maybe you’ve experienced this yourself: you wake up with a headache. Or perhaps you’ve noticed a slight pain in your jaw, or a chipped tooth or other dental problems. These are typical of bruxism, or teeth clenching. Fortunately, Dr. Tsai is qualified to spot bruxism symptoms and assist you in getting treatment. A night guard for you to wear at night may be a simple way to prevent tooth damage from clenching and grinding.

When Night Guard is necessary

The disorder known as bruxism is what happens when you wake up with your teeth clenched or grinding. Both children and adults frequently clench or grind their teeth when they are asleep. However, it’s essential to discuss bruxism with your dentist when it starts to result in headaches, tooth or jaw pain, or damage to your teeth. If this problem is left untreated, it can harm your teeth and jaw in addition to causing other problems.

Our dentist will typically suggest night guards to patients who have been diagnosed with bruxism in order to lessen the harmful impacts of nightly teeth clenching and grinding.

What is Night Guard?

A dental appliance called a night guard, typically called a mouth guard or dental split, covers all or some of the teeth. It is often worn all night long to stop teeth grinding while you are sleeping.

Remember that a night guard is most effective and comfortable when it is designed specifically for your teeth by your dentist before you go out and buy a cheap night guard at your neighborhood pharmacy. A mouth guard from the retailer can look like those plastic Halloween teeth in your mouth. It will be challenging to sleep with that.

Common Symptoms of Having a Night Guard

You can easily find out if you need a night guard or not. If you experience any of the following signs, it is a good idea to visit our dentist about getting equipped with a personalized night guard:

  • Broken or Cracked teeth: You may or may not know whether you are grinding your teeth while sleeping or not. It wear down your teeth and gives the sensation of pain. 
  • Sensitive Teeth: Grinding your teeth will damage the enamel of your teeth. It increases the sensitivity of your teeth to cold and hot water. 
  • Pain in Jaw: Severe grinding of your teeth while you sleep can result in jaw pain.

Why do people with bruxism need Night Guard?

A good set of teeth is a primary component in making your smile more attractive. It is also the beginning of a good digestion. With bruxism, your teeth can crack, become sensitive, result in headaches, pain in your jaw, and a lot more. All of these can hinder your smile as well as decrease the quality of life.

A Night Guard is a small device that can alleviate you from all these problems. Compared to a store bought night guard, a customized night guard does not cause pressure in the jaw joint, and can be more comfortable to wear. Sunny Dental has all the advanced technology to provide a comfortable, customized night guard. 

frequently asked questions

Does wearing a night guard cause pain?

No, just like a new pair of shoes, some adjustments are needed to make the new device more comfortable. Though discomfort can be felt at first, over time you will not even notice that you are wearing one.

How long does it take to become accustomed to a Night Guard?

A correctly fitted Night Guard will not take more than a few weeks to become accustomed to.

Can Night Guard damage gums?

No. When a correctly fitted night guard is used properly, it will not harm your gums. However, you have to be cautious about the hygiene of the night guard. Make sure you brush your teeth and the guard before and after using it.

How long does a Night Guard last?

It depends upon how you use it, and the severity of your bruxism. On average, If you use your night guard properly as your dentist suggested, then it will last for about 5 years. When the night guard is ground through, it is time for a new pair.

Can a Night Guard create Jaw pain?

If you use a cheap and poorly fitted night guard, it will not protect your teeth, but rather cause jaw pain. A correctly fitted night guard is much more comfortable and does not cause any jaw pain.

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