A Dentist Explains How a Night Guard Can Improve Your Oral Health

Posted by Gregg L Lage DDS Jun 10, 2021

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Teeth grinding can be painful and inconvenient, which means getting a night guard is a good idea. Read on to learn how a night guard can improve oral health. Jaw discomfort, damaged tooth enamel, mouth sores, migraines, and an increased risk of various oral health issues may result from grinding teeth. Since clenching and grinding happen while you sleep, preventing it without the assistance of a dentist near you may be difficult.

The dentist can evaluate a patient's needs based on their circumstances and offer a custom night guard to keep the teeth grinding and pushing against each other during sleep.

How wearing a night guard helps protect oral health

Many individuals are unaware of their night grinding and clenching habits until a spouse or family member discovers it for them. Consistent pain and stiffness in the teeth and jaw are other frequent signs of nocturnal clenching and grinding. Grinding the teeth erodes dental enamel, resulting in decay, exposed tooth nerves, discomfort, and sometimes tooth loss. Teeth grinding and clenching may cause gum recession and migraines in extreme instances. Night guards can protect the teeth while also reducing jaw strain.

Feel at ease by getting a night guard

Night guards are a great idea for anybody who has suffered from the discomfort, migraines, sleeplessness, and jaw strain associated with teeth grinding. Wearing a night guard while sleeping will keep the upper and lower teeth safe and apart. A night guard can help alleviate some unpleasant symptoms and help patients enjoy a good night's sleep by stopping the teeth from rubbing over each other.

Patients frequently find that their unpleasant symptoms are at least slightly, if not considerably, alleviated after only a few days of using a night guard.

Getting a custom-made night guard from a dentist

Many patients avoid night guard usage during sleep because they think they will be too big, cumbersome, and inconvenient. Fortunately, night guards are not as intrusive and uncomfortable as most patients believe. The dentist can design the night guard to suit the patient's unique mouth shape, ensuring that it does not feel loose or oversized in the mouth and fits properly against the natural teeth.

The dentist will examine the patient's teeth when patients visit the dental office for a night guard. The impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory, where a custom-made nightguard will be manufactured to fit precisely in the mouth. The dentist will make any required modifications to the night guard after it is complete to provide a snug fit. Patients may then sleep with the night guard and have a restful night's sleep while preventing the oral health implications of teeth grinding.

The bottom line

If you clench and grind your teeth at night or have unpleasant symptoms that lead you to believe you are a nocturnal grinder, contact our dental office to book an appointment for a consultation. The dentist will perform a thorough dental examination to evaluate whether a night guard is appropriate for you.

Request an appointment here: or call Gregg L Lage DDS, PC at 303-427-4552 for an appointment in our Denver office.

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