Night Guards in Chesterfield, MO
If you have ever woken up with a sore jaw, tooth pain or a headache you most likely need a night guard. Wearing a night guard will help protect you from damaging your teeth and having jaw pain.
Dr. Scott Mahlin will evaluate you for signs of excessive tooth wear, broken teeth and/or restorations, and the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) to determine if you are grinding your teeth. In addition, symptoms such as a sore jaw, painful TMJ joint, or discomfort with your teeth could be additional signs that you should be wearing a night guard.
Put a stop to clenching and grinding
If you feel like you might be grinding your teeth throughout the day or even at night make an appointment with Dr. Mahlin for an evaluation. Over time, this habit can truly damage your teeth causing irreplaceable loss of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, loss of tooth structure, cracked natural teeth and restorations, and potential tooth loss. Early intervention with a night guard (aka occlusal guard) will help mitigate the damage caused by grinding.
Unchecked, grinding can require more frequent dental work and ultimately more expense for you. In the past, it was hard for people to understand or even conceptualize this. After all, it mostly happens during sleep, and it is hard to show someone the wear on their teeth over time. With the utilization of small non-invasive comfortable intraoral cameras, we are able to diagnose and monitor the damage caused to your teeth by grinding.
For someone that grinds, we can take camera pictures between two visits – and actually show the effects of grinding that has happened between those two visits. One way you can protect against this is by wearing a dental night guard at night.
Custom Night Guards in Chesterfield, MO
Most patients expect a night guard to be the stereotypical old-fashioned, big, bulky mouth guards that football players wear. However, it is very small and slim compared to the over the counter ‘boil and fit’ models we are all accustomed to. Each night guard is custom made to fit the individual patient’s teeth. We have patients who have tried over the counter night guards and complain about lack of retention and bulky uncomfortable fit. Our patients appreciate the slimmer fit of a custom dental occlusal guard our office offers.
The night guard fitting process is very quick and typically only requires two dental appointments. Impressions are taken of your upper and lower teeth to confirm an accurate fit. Using your impressions as a mold, the night guard is crafted out of strong, durable plastic. When the night guard is finished, it is properly fitted to your mouth. Simply wear the guard while you sleep every night.
Even if you are not currently experiencing any pain Dr. Mahlin recommends a dental night guard as a proactive approach to protect your natural teeth and dental restorations against grinding, clenching, or bruxism. Saving money for future more costly dental treatment may be mitigated by being proactive in planning and maintenance. This will ensure your teeth last a lifetime and protecting your teeth from future damage.
Keeping your night guard clean and in good shape is important. Cleaning it is relatively easy. All you need to do is brush it with a soft toothbrush, toothpaste, and lukewarm water. This should remove the plaque that has built up on it. Additionally, you can try a special dental solution and soak it once per week. Be sure to dry it afterwards to prevent any bacteria buildup. When you attend your routine hygiene dental checkups please bring your night guard with you so the team at Clarkson Dental Group can ensure your night guard is clean and still giving you the best protection.
Clarkson Dental Group in Chesterfield, MO is who to call if you believe you could benefit from a form fitting night guard. Please call the office at 636-537-0065 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mahlin. You can also send us an email at [email protected] for more information.