Night guards look similar to a retainer, and are often prescribed to patients who are suffering from TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), bruxism (teeth grinding), or sleep apnea. They are designed to cushion and protect your teeth, and shift your jaw into a healthier position as you sleep. Contact Woburn Dental Associates now to schedule an appointment and see if a night guard is right for you.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is estimated to affect up to 10% of adults. If left untreated, it can cause premature enamel wear or even cracks and damage to your teeth.
To begin, you’ll see one of our dentists and discuss your issue, such as teeth grinding, TMJ, or sleep apnea. Your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss whether or not a night guard is right for you. If you’re approved, you’ll be fitted for your night guard right away.
Your dentist will use the impressions and fitting information from your first appointment to craft a custom-fitted night guard, which will be made at our partner dental lab.
Once your night guard is complete, you’ll come back to Woburn Dental Associates to pick it up. Then, you’ll start wearing it at night. Typically, you will come back to our office a few times in the following months for a few followups. This ensures your night guard fits properly, and is addressing your TMJ, sleep apnea, or teeth grinding.
Night guards help with TMJ by preventing teeth grinding, which is a major contributing factor to TMJ. They also help move the jaw position to relieve strain on the temporomandibular joint, which encourages it to heal over time.
Similarly, night guards for sleep apnea move the jaw forward slightly. This change in jaw position blocks the oral tissue from sagging into the airway, preventing apnea. Night guards are often the best choice for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.
Night guards are most commonly prescribed to treat nighttime teeth grinding. They can cushion and protect the teeth, preventing direct tooth-to-tooth contact and preserving your smile.
However, night guards can also be built to treat TMJ and sleep apnea. These night guards are built to shift your jaw into a healthier position, encouraging healing and a restful night of sleep.
Depending on your condition, wearing a night guard can have a lot of different benefits. Night guards protect your teeth from the damage caused by teeth grinding, ensure you get a restful night’s sleep by preventing sleep apnea, and relieve the pain and discomfort of TMJ.
Wondering if a night guard is right for you? Just contact Woburn Dental Associates for a consultation today. Our team is always here to help you get the advanced dental care you need.