Night Guards

Night Guards

Sore jaw, Ear pain and Chronic headaches

If you wake up each morning tired, with a headache and sore jaw, you may be dealing with bruxism. Bruxism typically happens during sleep, when you unknowingly grind your teeth or clench your jaws. For patients experiencing bruxism, we can fabricate a night guard that keep upper and lower teeth from touching, ultimately preventing potential dental damage. In addition, we can rebuild worn, cracked, or crazed teeth (those with tiny, web-like fractures across the surface) with dental crowns, to restore your good oral health.

Who Needs a Night Guard?

Stress and anxiety are the major causes of bruxism. When you are anxious, your body produces stress hormones, which can lead to jaw clenching. Missing teeth and dental misalignment from an underbite, crossbite, or an open bite can also cause teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, the first step in treating bruxism is fitting you with a night guard. It will help alleviate jaw aches and other symptoms, while eliminating the risk for bruxism-related dental damage.

What Is Bruxism?

Below are some of the more commons signs and symptoms of bruxism:

  • Sore jaw
  • Ear pain
  • Mouth sores on insides of lips and/or cheeks
  • Chronic headaches
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Cracked or damaged teeth

Benefits of Night Guards

After a few days of wearing your night guard, you will notice pain relief and perhaps better quality of life. Your night guard can provide additional benefits, including:

  • TMJ treatment (part of a complete plan of treatment)
  • Minimized jaw pain
  • Fewer headaches
  • Better overall oral health

The Procedure

Your dentist will first numb your tooth and gums to ensure a comfortable procedure. Once you are ready, the dentist will begin removing the tooth or teeth. For a tooth that has developed normally, the dentist will loosen the tooth and carefully lift it out. Large teeth may be divided into smaller portions, if necessary. When a tooth is impacted, the dentist will make an incision to access the underlying tooth, and then lift it out. In some cases, this will require the dentist removing the tooth in several pieces.

Post-Operative Expectations

Your dentist will provide detailed instructions to help you have a quick and successful recovery. You may experience some discomfort, swelling, and sensitivity after your tooth removal. In such cases, use prescribed medication or an over-the-counter NSAID to ease the pain and inflammation. We also recommend following a soft diet for a few days afterwards and keeping the extraction site clean.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

To get fitted with a night guard, schedule an appointment at the nearest Value Dental Center so we can help you get a good night’s sleep.

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