Grinding your teeth every night can wear them down over time, causing sensitivity, pain, and other unpleasant complications. If you have symptoms that could be due to teeth grinding, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, can help. They provide custom-made night guards that protect your teeth while you're asleep. To find out more, call Willow Glen Dental Care today or book an appointment online.
Night guards are a form of mouth guard — a covering you wear over your teeth. Mouth guards are common in many sports to prevent teeth damage; night guards protect you if you’re prone to grinding your teeth when you're asleep.
Night guards may cover just your upper teeth, or if you wear braces, your provider at Willow Glen Dental Care can make a night guard for your lower teeth as well. Your night guard should be comfortable, resistant to damage, and easy to clean, and mustn't restrict your breathing while you're asleep.
Some patients benefit from having a special type of night guard called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint to prevent tooth damage.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a disorder in which you clench your jaw, grind your teeth, or both. Grinding your teeth wears away the enamel, exposing the deeper layers of your tooth and causing problems such as:
Wearing a night guard stops you from damaging your teeth, so you avoid the pain and other problems.
Your provider at Willow Glen Dental Care scans your mouth to provide a template for the creation of your night guard. When the guard is ready, you return to get it and check that the fitting is just right.
It's important to care for your night guard correctly, so it lasts and remains comfortable. You need to rinse it with cold water or use a mouth rinse before you put it in, and then clean it with mild soap and a toothbrush after taking it out.
Protect your night guard from hot water and exposure to sunlight or other heat sources to prevent distortion, and check it regularly for any damage. You also need to return to Willow Glen Dental Care at regular intervals for a checkup of your night guard and your teeth.
If you think you grind your teeth when you’re asleep or you have symptoms of bruxism, talk to the dentists at Willow Glen Dental Care about having a night guard. Call their office or book an appointment online today.