Clenching and grinding your teeth while sleeping is a major threat to your dental health, causing chipping of the biting edges of the front teeth and producing jagged and unsightly edges to the biting surfaces. Clenching and grinding can also crack or break the front as well as the back teeth. Your Stonecreek Dental Care dentist recommends a nightguard to you, especially after extensive dental work and treatment to prevent damage to your new teeth and to help safeguard your investment.
Patients who have not had any extensive dental work are still at risk of significant loss of tooth enamel resulting in shorter teeth that are chipped and cracked and very unattractive. This situation can cause a patient to require major dental treatment and reconstruction.
The solution to this problem is the night guard.
Night guards, also known as mouth guards, are for people who clench and grind their teeth while sleeping. They prevent injury and damage to the teeth and can also help decrease pain in the jaw joints while awake.
Night guards are small, u-shaped appliances with an acrylic outer layer and a cushioned inner layer that contacts the teeth. The reason they work so well and are so popular with patients is that the cushioned inner layer makes wearing the night guard very comfortable. Some patients have even remarked that it improves the quality of their sleep. Your Stonecreek Dental Care dentist will usually make the night guard fit over the upper teeth.
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