Night guards are dental appliances worn by patients who suffer from teeth grinding and clenching. They protect the teeth from wearing out and reduce jaw pain. Getting your own night guard is pretty simple and requires only two visits to the dentist. During your first visit, impressions of your mouth are taken and a fitting-test is done during the second. Wearing a night guard provides you with the following benefits:
- Reduces pain
A lab night guard is super comfortable and extremely lightweight and designed to specifically fit your teeth. It reduces the stress placed on your jaw due to Bruxism and effectively protects your teeth from wearing out.
- Headache prevention
Temporomandibular joint disorders cause headaches and a night guard comes in really handy while treating such aches and pains. People using night guards have reported a significant reduction in head and neck pain.
- Prevents tooth damage
This is the primary reason for people to wear night guards. Unconscious teeth grinding and clenching during the night causes chips, cracks, and fractures. You may also notice damaged fillings and worn out enamel. Wearing a night guard regularly prevents such damages and protects the quality of your smile.
- Improved sleep pattern
Since night guards protect the teeth from the stress of clenching and grinding, the resulting comfort accounts for muscle relaxation and improved sleep pattern.
- Helps in saving money in the long run
The damage caused due to unconscious teeth grinding and clenching is severe. It gradually destroys your tooth enamel and the restorative procedures required to restore the damage are expensive. Always remember the prevention is better and cheaper than cure.
- Prevents snoring
A lab manufactured night guard creates a small space between your jaws and allows you to breathe efficiently. This decreases the likeliness of snoring and accounts for a night of sound sleep for you and your partner.
Why should you get a night guard from a professional dental lab?
It is recommended to get your night guard fabricated from a dental lab, which are custom-made using tooth impressions. A lab night guard has the following features:
- It fits perfectly.
A lab night guard is custom-fabricated using your unique mouth impressions and fits snugly. A perfect fitting night guard is comfortable to wear and applies zero pressure on the surrounding tissues, teeth, and bones.
- It protects your teeth and jaws.
A lab night guard fits perfectly and provides coverage to shield your teeth and jaws against stress and damage caused due to unconscious teeth grinding and clenching. Being custom-fabricated, it does its job without disrupting your bite.
- It is durable
The materials used in fabricating a lab night guard are durable and long-lasting. You can completely rely on your lab night guard for years as it can easily endure the persistent pressure caused by clenching and grinding of teeth.
- It is customizable
With a lab night guard you have an option of choosing the material from which it is fabricated. You can choose from soft, dual laminate or hard acrylic materials, depending on the severity of Bruxism.
What are retainers?
Braces are orthodontic devices that pull crooked and misaligned teeth into their ideal position. Retainers help in holding these teeth in their new position and prevent them from shifting back to their old position.
Retainers are also known to solve breathing and snoring problems. They also help in improving speech impediments by adjusting the tongue placement in children.
At Murray Dental Care of Cupertino, our entire team of dentists and hygienists is committed to providing supreme quality dental care to our patients and their families. If you are inclined towards taking the first steps to improve your dental health and hygiene, call us at (408) 253-5277 to book an appointment.