What Are Night Guards Used For?
You, like many others, may be guilty of teeth grinding at night. Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is a common issue that affects many people. Deterioration of the surface of the teeth is the most noticeable sign of teeth grinding; however, it can also lead to tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation, as well as pain in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth against these effects of bruxism, KFA Dental Excellence offers customized night guards that protect your teeth while you sleep. Created with high-grade material, custom night guards fit comfortably and help improve your sleep by diminishing teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Contact our Farmingdale, NY office today for more information.
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Should I Use Night Guards?
Many people grind their teeth while they sleep without even noticing. A number of symptoms may indicate that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw while you sleep. You may wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, a headache, or even swelling in your lower face. Loose teeth or fillings, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity are also signs that you may be grinding your teeth at night. While typically caused by stress, it might also be the result of allergies, misaligned teeth, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). At KFA Dental Excellence, we can help you figure out if you are suffering from grinding and/or clenching your teeth and can try to help you find out the cause.
How Do I Get a Night Guard?
After we confirm that you have an issue with teeth grinding, we will take impressions and digital oral x-rays to create a custom night guard for you. KFA Dental Excellence will send your specifications to the dental laboratory where your night guard will be created from the best materials possible. When your night guard is complete and sent back to us, you can come back in and we will get you fitted, making sure your night guard is right for you. If necessary, we can make small adjustments to your night guard so it fits properly and comfortably. We will also teach you how to care for your night guard so it lasts as long as possible.
What Will it Be Like Having a Night Guard?
In order for your night guard to work efficiently, you need to wear it each night. It should relieve or eliminate the discomfort and dental problems caused by your teeth grinding. If it does not, let us know right away so we can address additional issues and try other therapies. In order to help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, we recommend that you clean both your teeth and night guard before and after each use. Be sure to bring your night guard to all future appointments, exams, and cleanings so our team can check the fit and quality of your night guard and make adjustments or repairs as needed.
Custom Night Guards
Teeth grinding can lead to discomfort, pain, and overall mouth issues. Night guards are a safe option to diminish the fatigue caused by the negative side effects of nightly grinding and jaw clenching. Custom night guards from KFA Dental Excellence might also advance the overall health of your mouth and prevent future complications. If this sounds like a solution you are interested in, call our office in Farmingdale, NY to set up a consultation with one of our dentists.