Protect yourself against the harmful effects of teeth grind
CUSTOM NIGHT GUARDS IN SAN CLEMENTE, ORAE COUNTY, CA
A nightguard is a dental prosthesis that sits on top of your teeth to protect them against the harmful effects of teeth grinding. You must wear your nightguard every night for it to be effective. Your nightguard separates your upper and lower teeth when you are clenching. As a result, your bite forces are transferred to the nightguard which prevents your teeth from getting damaged as a result of teeth grinding.
Night time grinding is much more common than you think. A vast majority of us grind our teeth at nights without even knowing. This is mostly the result of daytime stress which causes us to subconsciously grind our teeth while asleep. Wearing a nightguard helps protect your teeth and jaws when you are sleeping. Contact your local dentist to learn more about nightguards and to see if you are a good candidate for wearing one.
Nightguards protect your teeth against wear-and-tear damage caused by night time teeth grinding. Ignoring your teeth grinding habit can cause lots of dental and skeletal problems. Your teeth could break, which would require fillings or crowns. You could even break your tooth so bad that it may need a root canal or you might even lose the tooth! Heavy teeth grinders also damage their TMJ which causes headaches, migraines, and tension pain in the head and neck region. Wearing a nightguard protects your teeth, bite, as well as you TMJ. This is an investment in your healthy that is definitely worth it and pays for itself.
If you believe that you're grind your teeth then you may have to wear a nightguard. Heavy grinders and those with existing damage to their teeth should consider wearing a custom nightguard. Schedule your consult with your dentist to look for symptoms of teeth grinding. If it is determined that you are indeed a grinder, then your dentist will fabricate a nightguard for you.
There are two types of nightguards: (a) over-the-counter nightguards and (b) custom-made nightguards. Over the counter, or OTC, nightguards can be bought at the drug store or online. Just follow the instructions and fit them to your own teeth. On the other hand, custom nightguards are made by your dentist using impressions or scans of your teeth.
So which night guard is best for you? This all depends on how heavily you grind, how long you've been grinding, your symptoms, etc. Your dentist will help you determine which type of nightguard is best to protect your teeth. Generally speaking, custom nightguards are much more effective and better at protecting your teeth as compared to OTC night guards. However, they are much more expensive as well. Here are some examples of cases where you should definitely consider wearing a custom nightguard instead of an over-the-counter version:
Heavy tooth grinders
Heavy tooth grinders should have their dentist fabricate a custom nightguard for them. Only a custom nightguard is strong enough to protect your teeth against symptoms of severe tooth grinding. Over-the-counter nightguards are not as effective for heavy tooth grinders. Your jaw forces will destroy the over-the-counter nightguard in no time and render it ineffective. Custom nightguards come in different thickness. They are customized to protect your teeth and TMJ and best accommodate your needs.
Those with extensive existing dental work
If you have lots of existing dental restorations in your mouth, then we recommend that you wear a custom nightguard. For instance, if you have several crowns, dental implants, and bridge work in your mouth, then you need a well-made, high-quality nightguard. Many dentists include a custom nightguard as part of your treatment when performing extensive dental rehabilitation or offer it at a discount. Wearing your custom nightguard protects expensive dental work over time. Additionally, wearing a nightguard reduces the wear that your existing crowns exert onto the opposing natural teeth. As a result, wearing a custom nightguard protects BOTH your natural teeth and your existing dental restorations.
Those suffering from migraines, frequent headaches and TMJ pain
Wearing a custom nightguard does more than protect your teeth, it also protects your TMJ. This significantly reduces, or even eliminates, head and neck pain caused by teeth grinding. You can also reduce tension headaches, migraines, and neck stiffness by regularly wearing your custom nightguard. Those who experience frequent headaches of at least two to four episodes per month, should seriously look into wearing a custom nightguard.
If you're suffer from teeth grinding, contact us at (949)481-2540 or book your consult online today. We are located in downtown San Clemente, Orange County. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine your teeth and bite to look for symptoms of teeth grinding. If we determine that you are a nighttime grinder, we can fit you for a high-quality nightguard. We offer different types of custom nightguards to best suit your needs. Custom nightguards are very comfortable and they are much more effective than OTC ones. Don't delay treatment any longer! Damage from teeth grinding will cost you much more in the long run than purchasing a nightguard would. Call us today to schedule your consultation and see if a custom nightguard is right for you.
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