Protective Night Guard
Grinding and/or clenching your teeth at night can lead to serious damage to your teeth. Most people are unaware that they grind or clench their teeth – especially during their sleep. Grinding your teeth is a condition known as Bruxism.
The symptoms of Bruxism are listed below. You may have some or all of these:
- Sore chewing muscles
- Tired jaw or face muscles in the morning
- General teeth sensitivity – especially to cold
- Worn teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Loose teeth
- Uneven bite
Think you might need a night gaurd?
Call us at (760) 746-2559 for a complimentary consultation. Dr. Malone will evaluate your mouth and help determine which application is best for you.
Night Guard Appliance: Which Type is Right for You?
Night guard appliances offer relief for mild symptoms and prevent nighttime wearing of your teeth. Depending on symptoms and the cause of your Bruxism, night guards are worn on either the upper or the lower teeth. They come in different designs. The commercially available, over-the-counter type night guards are not recommended since they do not support the jaw properly or position it correctly. These types of appliances are usually not adjustable and are bulky. An improperly fitting appliance can cause further damage. A properly made appliance must create or maintain harmony between the jaw joints, chewing muscles and your bite. The appliance must be protective and therapeutic. A night guard is protective when it prevents wear of tooth structure due to grinding. A therapeutic night guard will aid in the comfort of the jaw joints and helps relax the chewing muscles and temporarily eliminates an uneven bite. The type of night guard appliance recommended depends on the condition diagnosed and the symptoms that are present.
Types of Night Guards
Here are a few of the professionally designed night guards that are custom-made for your particular situation.
Full Arch Custom-Made Night Guard
This type of night guard is used when it is necessary to balance the bite so that the upper and lower teeth meet harmoniously.
NTI Custom-Made Night Guard
This type of night guard is used when it is necessary to lessen the pressure on the jaw joints or treat headaches of dental origin. This appliance can be made for daytime or nighttime wear.
Call us at (760) 746-2559 for a consultation appointment. Dr. Malone will evaluate your mouth, learn what like and don’t like about your smile, and help determine a treatment plan that makes sense for your lifestyle.