Night Guards

Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but research shows it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.

If you grind your teeth your dentist may see a need for a nighttime appliance. The night guard provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards must be custom fitted for comfort, longevity, and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth plus generate other records so your night guard is created precisely for  you by our dental lab. Our night guards are very durable and can be used for decades.

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, please be sure to let us know, so we can evaluate your need for a night guard..

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