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Should I Wear a Night Guard


Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Close up of a simple mouthguard being held up by a womanIf you often experience discomfort and soreness in your jaws or teeth when you wake up, you probably have sleep bruxism. This dental condition causes patients to grind or clench their teeth as they sleep. Teeth grinding is an unconscious activity, with some patients doing it even while awake. It can cause permanent tooth damage and escalate to other oral issues. A dental professional may recommend night guards to treat bruxism and protect your teeth while you sleep.

What Is a Night Guard


A night guard, sometimes called a mouth guard, is a dental appliance for treating teeth grinding, sleep apnea, and temporomandibular joint disorder. It typically covers the teeth of the upper jaw, protecting them from the impact of grinding and clenching. However, some patients might require night guards to protect the teeth in the lower jaw. These retainer-like pieces are custom-made to fit your precise dental patterns and treat your specific condition.

Types of Night Guards


There are different types of night guards. The most common type is for treating sleep bruxism. This dental appliance protects the teeth from the impact of clenching and grinding while you sleep. It also helps reduce the effect of TMJ disorders. Patients can wear these night guards any time, but most people use them at night when teeth grinding is most prevalent.

The other type of night guard is for treating sleep apnea. This night guard is custom-made to shift your jaws and open your airway while you sleep, preventing obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring.

Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard


Wearing a night guard can provide several benefits. They protect your teeth from the impact of grinding, preventing permanent tooth damage. Night guards essentially prevent enamel erosion caused by the effects of bruxism. They can help enhance sleep quality and reduce jaw soreness. Night guards also prevent migraines and headaches caused by the impact of teeth grinding. Most importantly, they retain your radiant smile by averting the need for costly dental restorations.

Contact Us Today


One of the easiest ways to keep your teeth in good shape is by wearing a mouth guard. Consult a dentist to help you select custom-made night guards for your oral needs.

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