Night Guards

Protect Your Teeth at Night with Custom Night Guards

Night guards are dental appliances designed to protect the teeth and jaws from damage caused by grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism. Bruxism is a common condition that affects both children and adults. It can occur during the day or at night, but it is most common during sleep. At Dentistry of North Port, our North Port, FL dentist, Dr. Rosa Hernandez, offers night guards to reduce the impact of grinding and clenching on the teeth and jaw.

If you’re suffering from bruxism or looking to protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding or clenching, contact Dentistry of North Port by calling (941) 200-5812. Our team of experienced dental professionals can help alleviate symptoms and protect your teeth. 

What is a Night Guard?

A night guard is a dental appliance custom-made to fit over the teeth and worn while sleeping. It is designed to protect the teeth from damage caused by grinding and clenching, which can lead to tooth fractures, enamel erosion, and even tooth loss. Night guards also help to alleviate the symptoms associated with bruxism, such as jaw pain, headaches, and earaches.

Benefits of Night Guards

Night guards provide several benefits, including:

  • Protecting teeth from damage: Night guards act as a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing wear and tear on the teeth.
  • Alleviating symptoms associated with bruxism: Night guards help to reduce jaw pain, headaches, and earaches associated with bruxism.
  • Reducing jaw pain and headaches: By reducing the pressure on the jaw joints, night guards can help alleviate jaw pain and headaches.
  • Improving sleep quality: Bruxism can cause disturbed sleep patterns, and wearing a night guard can help to improve the quality of sleep.
  • Preventing tooth loss: Over time, bruxism can cause teeth to become loose and even fall out. Night guards help to prevent tooth loss by protecting the teeth from damage.

Who is a Candidate for Night Guards?

Dr. Hernandez may recommend night guards for the following reasons:

  • History of grinding or clenching teeth
  • Experience jaw pain or headaches upon waking
  • Worn-down teeth or a receding gumline 

It’s important to consult with your North Port dentist to determine the best course of action, as not all cases of bruxism require a night guard.

Night Guards Process

The process of getting a night guard begins with a visit to our North Port dental office. During this visit, Dr. Hernandez will examine the teeth and jaw to determine the severity of the bruxism and assess any damage that may have already occurred. Once the dentist has a good understanding of the situation, he will make an impression of the teeth using a putty-like substance. This impression is then sent to a dental lab, where a custom night guard will be made based on the exact measurements of the patient’s teeth and jaw.

It typically takes a few days for the night guard to be made, at which point the patient will return to the dentist’s office to pick it up. Dr. Hernandez will then check the fit of the night guard and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it is comfortable and effective. It’s important to note that the night guard should fit snugly over the teeth and not be too loose or too tight, as this can cause discomfort or even further damage to the teeth and jaw.

Taking Care of Night Guards

Once you’ve received your night guard, it’s important to properly take care of them by following these tips:

  • Clean the night guard daily using a toothbrush and toothpaste or a denture cleaner.
  • Store the night guard in a case when not in use to prevent damage or loss.
  • Bring the night guard to regular dental check-ups for inspection and cleaning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wear a night guard during the day?

Night guards are designed to be worn while sleeping and are not recommended for use during the day. Wearing a night guard during the day can cause speech difficulties and may be uncomfortable.

How long does a night guard last?

With proper care, a night guard can last up to five years or more. However, it is important to bring it to regular dental check-ups for inspection and replacement if necessary.

Are night guards covered by insurance?

Some insurance plans may cover the cost of a night guard, especially if it is deemed medically necessary. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine coverage.

What should I do if my night guard feels uncomfortable or doesn’t fit properly?

If your night guard feels uncomfortable or doesn’t fit properly, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can make any necessary adjustments to ensure the night guard fits properly and is comfortable to wear. It’s important not to try and adjust the night guard yourself, as this can cause damage to the appliance or further damage to your teeth and jaw.

Sleep Better with Proper Night Guards

Night guards are an effective solution for managing bruxism and protecting teeth from damage. They provide several benefits, are suitable for most people who suffer from bruxism and are easy to care for. 

If you suspect you have bruxism or are experiencing any symptoms associated with it, schedule an appointment at Dentistry of North Port by calling our North Port, FL dental office at (941) 200-5812. 

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