Roughly one in five adults suffer from the negative effects of bruxism. If you suspect that you’re clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep, then a night guard from Dental Partners of Boston may be able to help you. You can learn more about night guards by reading below.
Night guards are plastic appliances that are worn over a patient’s teeth during sleep. Although there are basic night guards that you can buy off of the shelf, Dental Partners of Boston recommends using a night guard that is custom designed for you. This allows for the night guard to meet the exact specifications our dentist recommends for your treatment.
An effective night guard should be durable and comfortable. Ideally, the night guard you receive should not restrict speech or breathing. Night guards help to correct or prevent the following issues:
If you believe that you’re grinding your teeth or clenching your teeth while you’re sleeping, then a night guard is right for you. A night guard is designed to prevent teeth grinding and clenching. If left untreated, teeth grinding and clenching can lead to serious damage to your teeth. Bruxism is generally a result of stress, though there can be other factors behind it. If you are demonstrating any of these signs, you may be suffering from bruxism and are thus in need of a night guard:
A night guard can be purchased off of the shelf at some stores. However, patients looking for a custom designed night guard should make an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston. From there, your dentist makes an impression of your teeth. This mold serves as the model for the laboratory to create your night guard. Custom made night guards offer more protection and comfort for patients. Once the night guard has been made, the dentist will ensure that it fits properly, and you'll be ready to sleep easy!
If you would like to make an appointment to receive a night guard or to learn more about night guards, you can contact us today. Teeth clenching and grinding can cause lasting damage to your teeth if left untreated. As a result, Dental Partners of Boston recommends that all patients suffering from bruxism use a night guard.
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