All About Night Guards

Do you have questions about night guards?  

Most people that we see in our office have or are in need of an appliance (or night guard) to wear at night to protect their teeth. Our brains are constantly racing and it seems we never shut off, even at night. Therefore, stress levels are a bit higher, and at Sugar Fix Dental Loft, we’ve seen an increase in teeth grinding. This can cause long-term damage to the teeth, amongst other things!

Clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep can wear down your teeth. The wear and tear on the joints can also be painful with popping, clicking, and much discomfort. There can also be general aching or pain that radiates in the upper or lower jaw.  Most people refer to the internet for a quick fix to try and relieve any pain.

An over-the-counter night guard may work for some people, but it is not always the best choice for people with pain in the jaw or teeth from clenching or grinding. The guard does protect the top teeth from touching the bottom teeth. This prevents wear on the enamel surfaces of the teeth which is incredibly important.  

The downside of this over-the-counter night guard is the bulkiness and fit of the guard. A plastic block is boiled and then “kind of” fitted to your teeth by pressing it into the teeth and then removing. Patients often complain of uncomfortable excess. This is a problem because this type of night guard is usually made of a softer, spongy material that stimulates chewing and biting into while sleeping. Believe it or not, this is actually worse for your muscles.

 

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As a result, we see many patients here at Sugar Fix Dental Loft that need a “deprogrammer-type” night guard. This custom-fitted guard props the mouth open slightly to let all of the muscles and jaw joints rest while being very sleek and comfortable to wear. The small appliance only takes two weeks to make and is a great option for those of us who are always on the go- even while sleeping!

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Call us at (773) 883-1818 or reserve an appointment below to get started with a custom night guard!

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By |2018-04-02T04:04:51+00:00November 15th, 2017|Chicago, Community, Cosmetic, Dentistry, Health, Restorative, Tooth Care, Uncategorized|