At New Smiles Dental, we know that dental health extends beyond cleanings and fillings. Our team understands that other conditions and issues may exist that impact one’s oral health and wellness, including clenching and grinding that can occur while patients sleep. This condition, medically known as “bruxism,” can be harmful to the teeth. It can cause restorations to break and natural tooth enamel to wear down and become thinner and more sensitive. If your dentist has prescribed the use of a night guard, it is important for you to wear it as directed.
What is a nightguard?
A nightguard is best described as an oral appliance that is made of medical-grade plastics and is customized for the patient’s teeth. The night guard can be used to:
- Reduce damage to the teeth and dental restorations
- Minimize morning headaches and jaw aches
- Promote a more restful night’s sleep
- Reduce the risk of thinning tooth enamel
Nightguards made at the practice of New Smiles Dental are fabricated using impressions of the patient’s smile to ensure proper fit and f unction. It is worth investing in a quality, custom-fitted nightguard.
Do I need a nightguard?
Patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as bruxism, TMJ, or TMD may benefit from the use of a nightguard. Nightguards are also used for patients who have restorations such as porcelain veneers which could crack or break with pressure from clenching and grinding. It is a great method of preserving dental work and ensuring the smile is beautiful and intact, regardless of the conditions patients have been diagnosed with.
How long does it take to get used to a nightguard?
Some patients may need a few weeks to adjust to wearing a nightguard during bedtime. It can be distracting and uncomfortable at first until patients become completely unaware that it is in place. Patients who have been unable to adjust to their nightguard after a month or so and are worried that it may be impacting their quality of sleep should talk to their dentist about their concerns and consider having their nightguard adjusted or recreated.
Schedule a visit with the team at New Smiles Dental today!
Call (503) 925-9595 today to book your appointment with Drs. Nathan Doyel, Ben Aanderud, and Whisenant. Find out how our professionals can assist with your specific and unique dental needs. New and existing patients in the area of Sherwood, OR and the surrounding communities are welcome at our facility.