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Night Guards

Night Guards

It can be beneficial to use a guard, or covering, to protect your teeth from grinding while sleeping. Similar to how a mouth guard protects teeth during sports, this layer prevents damage to the teeth that can occur naturally.

Reasons for Night Guards

A properly fitted night guard shifts the jaw and teeth into proper alignment, which can alleviate jaw tension, headaches, pain, and other symptoms of temporomandibular joint syndrome.

Night Guards Infomation

There are a wide variety of different types of mouth guards, ranging from pre-formed pieces to ones that are custom fitted to your teeth and jaws.

Some of these can even be formed at home through a boil-and-bite process.
Typically these mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in certain instances they are used for the lower teeth as well.

Grinding of teeth can be a serious problem that does major damage to your teeth, so wearing a night guard is an effective way to prevent this damage.

If you have questions about Night Guards or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today at (916) 736-2801!

Night Guards FAQ

Can I choke on my night guard?

As a general statement, a night guard is much too large to be a true choking hazard. If the night guard does get dislodged during sleeping, it is easy to locate and remove from the mouth therefore choking on the appliance would not be a likely occurrence.

Should night guard cover gums?

Athletic mouth guards are designed to protect the crown of the tooth above the gum line as well as the junction and root of the tooth below the gum line. Basically, a sports mouth piece will cover the teeth and gums (gingiva), whereas a night guard need only cover the teeth and most importantly their biting surfaces.

What happens if you don’t clean your night guard?

Since you wear mouthguards in your mouth, it’s important to keep them clean. That’s because bacteria in your mouth can build up on your mouthguard. Without regular cleaning, the bacteria can multiply, causing infection or bad breat

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