Night Guards in La Verne

What is a Night Guard?

You might envision a "Night Guard" as a guardian of nighttime security, but in the realm of dentistry, it serves a different purpose. A Night Guard is a specialized mouthguard often prescribed for patients with bruxism, the habitual clenching and grinding of teeth, particularly during the early stages of sleep. This condition can lead to substantial dental damage and sleep disturbances, although it can also occur during waking hours when more easily controlled.

Night guards are typically constructed from rigid materials like acrylic or hard plastic, in contrast to the softer materials like silicone or rubber used in traditional mouthguards. The choice between these options depends on the severity of your teeth grinding or clenching.

How Often Should You Wear a Night Guard?

The frequency of night guard use varies depending on individual dental requirements. General guidelines include:

  • Night-time Use: Night guards are primarily designed for nighttime use, especially to protect against teeth grinding and jaw clenching during sleep. If you grind your teeth at night, nightly use is recommended.
  • Consistency: Consistent use is crucial for maximum protection. Occasional use may not provide the full benefits.
  • As Prescribed by a Dentist: Follow your dentist's recommendations, which may include wearing the night guard every night or on specific nights, depending on the nature of your bruxism.
  • During High-Stress Periods: Some individuals may experience increased teeth grinding during stressful periods, and more frequent use may be recommended by your dentist.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Regularly follow up with your dentist for progress monitoring and necessary adjustments.
  • Daytime Use (if advised): In rare cases, dentists may recommend daytime use for those who grind or clench their teeth while awake, under professional guidance.
  • Cleaning and Maintenance: Proper cleaning and maintenance are essential. Follow your dentist's cleaning recommendations to prevent bacterial buildup.

Keep in mind that consulting with your dentist is crucial for tailored guidance based on your unique situation.

Advantages of Using Night Guard

A night guard, also known as an occlusal splint or dental splint, is a custom-made dental appliance that provides several advantages:

  • Prevents Tooth Damage: Protects against chipping, cracking, and enamel wear caused by grinding or clenching.
  • Reduces Jaw Pain: Alleviates jaw pain, headaches, and muscle soreness by distributing pressure evenly.
  • Alleviates TMD Symptoms: Helps with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) symptoms.
  • Prevents Sleep Disruption: Reduces sleep disturbances associated with teeth grinding.
  • Preserves Dental Work: Protects dental restorations.
  • Maintains Proper Bite Alignment: Helps prevent bite misalignment.
  • Cost-Effective Solution: An affordable means of safeguarding dental health.
  • Customized Fit: Ensures comfort and effectiveness.
  • Non-Invasive Treatment: A non-surgical, non-medication solution.
  • Long-Lasting: With proper care, night guards can last several years.
  • Quality of Life: Improves quality of life by reducing pain and discomfort associated with bruxism.

While a night guard offers significant benefits, it's best used in conjunction with other strategies to manage bruxism, such as stress reduction and lifestyle adjustments, as recommended by dental professionals.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are in need of a night guard, schedule a consultation at Prizm Dental in La Verne. An exam, a quick digital scan, and an assessment with Dr. Choi will be needed.

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