Save your teeth from nighttime grinding and clenching with a custom-fitted night guard designed by our Cadillac dentists. When worn during sleeping, your personalized night guard provides or a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Say goodbye to waking up with a dull headache or jaw pain!
Here’s what else you should know about night guards.
How Does a Night Guard Work?
A night guard commonly fits over your upper teeth and effectively prevents your top teeth from touching your bottom teeth. This barrier between the two sets is what helps “lighten the load” and cushion your jaw muscles when you clench. It also protects your teeth from the effects of long-term grinding.
To create your night guard, our dentists will first take an impression of your teeth. This dental impression will ensure a snug and comfortable fit down the road. We’ll then take time to mold the night guard to your specifications and have you test it out before taking it home in a protective case.
Why a Night Guard Matters for Your Smile
Because there is no outright cure for bruxism, night guards offer the next best alternative and of course, much needed relief. Aside from limiting how much you grind or clench, night guards also shield your teeth from potential damage that can become costly.
In general, wearing a night guard helps patients avoid:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Lost tooth enamel
- Tooth loss
- Dull headaches
- Jaw soreness or pain
- Tired or tight jaw muscles
- Disrupted sleep