SUMMARY - Oral night guards protect your teeth from the most harmful tooth forces during your sleep. This simple procedure can save you tens of thousands of dollars of future dental work.
Nope, Night Guards are not highly trained ninjas who lurk in random places as you put in your nightly six to eight hours of sleep. They are actually custom-made oral devices made of clear plastic, which resemble the mouthguards that many athletes wear!
Yes, you say, "I have always wanted to be like the pros!" Well you can, in your dreams! Be encouraged to invest in the lifetime of your well-maintained smile by using your own personal Night Guard to cushion the blow of bruxism, another term for "teeth grinding" in your sleep.
Many people find that after dealing with the stresses of their day, tension builds in the mouth and jaw areas. Then, when the rest of the body is rejuvenating during sleep, the clenching and grinding begins. Your knowledgeable dentist can easily recognize evidence of this common problem as he/she views the resulting wear and tear on otherwise excellent teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, bruxism is not only "caused by stress and anxiety, but also by sleep disorders and abnormal bite". The symptoms may also include a dull headache or a sore jaw. Left undiagnosed, bruxism can contribute to pain, loosening, as well as fractures of the teeth; it can also affect your jaws, result in hearing loss, cause or worsen TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) and even change the appearance of your face.
The chronic "grinder" may wear their teeth down to stumps; when this happens, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures and even complete dentures may be needed to repair damage and restore function!
In addition to seeking help for the causal issues around bruxism, patients are advised to consult with their dentist about being fitted for a therapeutic Night Guard, which will prevent the possibility of unintentional permanent alteration to teeth. Your dentist can provide custom fitting of a professional Night Guard at the dental office, and it is well worth the cost to provide a protective barrier for your unique dental bite, as well as preserve the function and aesthetics of your teeth and smile for a lifetime!
What are you waiting for?! Get in the game and book a consultation with your dentist now. Night Guards will put you on the defense and provide you with a winning strategy for long-term health!.
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