A night guard is a custom-made impression of your teeth that rests comfortably in your mouth while you sleep to keep you from grinding your teeth. Stress or sleep disorders like sleep apnea usually cause grinding.
If you grind your teeth, it can eventually wear on your oral health. You may experience a fracturing, loosening, or in some cases, even a loss of teeth. Sometimes grinding will cause problems that require professional treatments, including:
A headache or sore jaw when you wake up may indicate that you grind your teeth. When left untreated, your teeth grinding can result in a locked jaw. For those who can’t stop grinding their teeth throughout the night, a night guard can help.
A night guard is for anyone who grinds their teeth, including children. This can prevent future oral health problems, saving tons of money.
First, a dentist from Cascadia Dental Specialists makes an impression of your teeth for the night guard to be molded over. The impression of your teeth is sent off to a laboratory where they use it to create the night guard. Once created, it's sent back and ready for you to use.
The special material used to make these night guards ensures both comfort and protection throughout the night.
After each use, rinse your night guard with cold water and clean it with soap and a toothbrush. Store it in cool, soapy water during the day to keep it clean. Make sure you keep it away from high temperatures, as they may distort its shape. Be sure to wear it as prescribed and ask your dental professional about other ways you can protect your teeth from grinding. Once you have a night guard, you can begin to treat the cause of the problem.
Most importantly, bring your night guard to your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings at Cascadia Dental Specialists so they can examine it. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, Contact Cascadia Dental Specialists for a night guard today.
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