Family Smile Dental
Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Sheepshead Bay & Midwood, Brooklyn, NY
Wearing a night guard might sound like a slight inconvenience, but it can prevent extensive damage to your jaw and teeth. Located in the Sheepshead Bay and Midwood neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York City, Family Smile Dental offers custom night guards to stop you from grinding your teeth as you sleep. To set up a treatment consultation with the experienced dental team, call Family Smile Dental or book online today.
Night Guard Q&A
What is a night guard?
Many oral appliances serve preventive and orthodontic purposes, and one of the most useful preventive devices for individuals experiencing jaw pain is a night guard. When you wear it properly, a night guard stops you from clenching and grinding your teeth during sleep.
There are a few advanced options for a night guard, and the options available at Family Smile Dental come custom fit just for you. At your initial visit, your dentist helps you weigh your options according to the night guard’s thickness, level of protection, and material.
Your dentist uses digital scans and impressions to make a night guard that fits perfectly. If the first night guard you try doesn’t feel comfortable or offer enough protection, you can work with your Family Smile Dental dentist to try out other options or adjust the original’s fit.
Can I benefit from using a night guard?
Night guards are an effective way to prevent teeth grinding at night — a medical condition called bruxism. It is a common condition that damages both your teeth and temporomandibular joints over time. You might not realize you’re a teeth grinder if you don’t know the signs, but your dentist can tell right away.
Common signs of bruxism that may indicate a need for a night guard include:
- Dull headaches
- Painful teeth
- Teeth that feel loose
- Fractured teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Jaw pain or soreness
There are several reasons why you might grind your teeth at night, some of which are more permanent or long-lasting than others. One possibility is that you grind your teeth during periods of stress and anxiety. Another possible cause is long-term tobacco use.
Your dentist at Family Smile Dental considers the possible causes behind your bruxism while treating you. They might recommend taking a muscle relaxer alongside using your night guard when you go to bed.
How often do I need to replace a night guard?
Most night guards last around five years, but you might need to replace yours after just one year depending on how much damage it accumulates. To make your night guard last as long as possible, you must clean it thoroughly.
Letting your night guard dry completely before placing it in its case prevents dangerous bacterial growth, and you should lightly brush it with your toothbrush and use non abrasive soap, like dish soap.
Grinding your teeth every night can lead to long-term jaw issues and complicated tooth damage. To try out a night guard, call Family Smile Dental or reserve your appointment online today.
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