Nighttime tooth grinding causes jaw pain and destroys the surface of your teeth. Severe tooth grinding causes enamel damage, jaw joint inflammation, and irritation to the gums. Custom night guards provide a cushion between the upper and lower teeth. The protective shield absorbs the force of the grinding and protects the teeth. It is similar to the retainer that patients wear after the removal of braces.
Night guards are custom made for each patient to ensure maximum effectiveness. It takes two appointments to make one; the first for the tooth impression and the second to determine if any adjustments need to be made after the patient wears it for a couple of weeks.
Night guards are worn only at night. They are durable and can last up to ten years. Conversely, not using a night guard can take ten years off the life of your teeth. Clearly, a night guard is a necessity for those who grind their teeth at night.
Call and make an appointment to be fitted for a nightguard today.