Occlusal guards (night guards) are made to protect your teeth from nighttime grinding. Grinding is a severe problem because it can cause significant decay and damage to the surface of your teeth. This causes the life expectancy and function of your teeth to diminish.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is most often an unconscious habit that occurs while you are asleep. It can be a result of stress, sleep apnea, acid reflux, and malocclusion between the upper and lower teeth. Common symptoms include:
- Loud grinding noises
- Teeth, jaw, & face pain
- Tired & sore jaw muscles
- Worn-down or broken teeth
- Damage to the tongue & cheeks
Occlusal guards help protect your teeth and provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth during nighttime grinding. Down the road, occlusal guards may also help you avoid paying unnecessary costs in dental restorations.
We customize your occlusal guard to fit the dimensions of your mouth and protect your teeth. Because your occlusal guard is fitted for you individually, it will stay in your mouth comfortably when you are sleeping and make it easier for you to breathe.
If you have any questions about receiving an occlusal guard for teeth grinding in Henderson, Nevada, please give Richard Barton DDS a call at 702-456-1147 today. Our dentist, Dr. Richard Barton, will assess your oral health and determine if an occlusal guard is right for you.