A night guard is a plastic appliance that protects your teeth from grinding and clenching while you sleep. Grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, can cause severe tooth wear, jaw pain, headaches, and even TMJ disorder. The night guard acts as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to protect them from the damage caused by grinding or clenching.
At Promenade Dental, our dentist will take an impression of your mouth to create a customized night guard that would fit you comfortably. The impression is sent to a lab where your custom night guard is made. Once the night guard is fabricated, our dentist in Chandler, AZ, will ensure it is comfortable and fits appropriately before giving it to you to wear at home.
The Different Types of Night Guards
Soft Night Guard
Soft night guards are typically made from a soft, flexible material like silicone or rubber. They are comfortable to wear and provide a cushioning effect that can help alleviate jaw pain and headaches associated with bruxism. However, soft night guards may wear down more quickly than other types and may not be suitable for severe bruxism cases.
Hard Night Guard
Hard night guards, also called acrylic splints or hard splints, are made from a rigid acrylic material. They provide superior durability and protection against teeth grinding and clenching. Hard night guards are custom made by your dentist to ensure a precise fit, making them comfortable and effective. They are an excellent choice for individuals with moderate to severe bruxism.
Hybrid Night Guard
Hybrid night guards are designed for individuals with specific dental conditions or unique requirements. These custom-made guards can incorporate different materials or features to address specific issues such as TMJ disorder or obstructive sleep apnea. Your dentist will tailor a hybrid night guard to your individual needs.
Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard
Prevents Tooth Damage
One of the primary reasons people wear night guards is to protect their teeth from the damaging effects of bruxism. Grinding and clenching can lead to worn-down enamel, chipped teeth, and fractures. Night guards in Chandler, AZ, act as a barrier, absorbing the force of these actions and preventing direct contact between your upper and lower teeth.
Prevents TMJ Disorders
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can result from the stress and strain caused by bruxism. Night guards help maintain proper jaw alignment and reduce the risk of developing TMJ issues, such as clicking, popping, or pain in the jaw joint.
Enhances Sleep Quality
Bruxism can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to frequent awakenings at night. By wearing a night guard, you can experience more restful and uninterrupted sleep, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
Night guards are not just dental appliances but guardians of your oral health and overall well-being. If you suspect you have bruxism or have been experiencing symptoms such as jaw pain or tooth sensitivity, visit Promenade Dental at 4905 S Alma School Rd Ste 1, Chandler, AZ 85248, or call (480) 802-8188.