An overview of Night Guards
Night guards are oral protective appliances that cushion your upper and lower teeth and act as a barrier to prevent them from grinding against each other. They are made of plastic which is usually made to be very strong and durable.
Many people who grind their teeth often find that they need a nightguard to help prevent further damage to their teeth and ease the pain and discomfort caused by it. Most of our patients who have used nightguards have seen tremendous results.
If you grind your teeth often, you need a nightguard. Teeth grinding can expose your teeth to a lot of damage that will wear them out quickly. It also makes sleeping uncomfortable for your spouse if the noise you make when you grind your teeth is too much.
Why do most people wear a night guard?
People wear night guards for several reasons.
One of the most common reasons why people wear night guards is to ease discomfort. When you grind your teeth at night, you are more likely to suffer from headaches, jaw pain, and an intense feeling of pain in nearby areas. At Bellevue Azalea Dentistry, we’ve seen patients get relief from pain in just a short time using our night guards.
At Bellevue Azalea Dentistry, we believe that preventative care is much more effective. Grinding your teeth at night is a gradual way to cause long-term damage like worn-out enamel, chipped teeth, and even broken teeth. If you have good teeth at the moment, you stand the risk of losing it all to teeth grinding. If your teeth are in a poor state already, not wearing night guards can worsen the current extent of the damage.
TMJ symptoms can be very uncomfortable for those who experience it. If you have this disorder, using a night guard to realign your jaw can help tremendously with the treatment process. If you already have this disorder, you may want to schedule an appointment with us today.
How long will my night guard last?
Your night guard should last for a reasonable amount of time as long as you use it with care. At our Bellevue office, we’ll give you a night guard made of quality material that is designed to last for you for years. The night guards bought at stores are usually not as durable as ours, and they can get spoiled in just a year of using them.
Can night guards help with sleep apnea?
Night guards can improve your sleep quality, but night guards do not treat sleep apnea, contrary to what some people think. There are other oral appliances designed to treat sleep apnea. You can find out more about them when you visit our office in Bellevue.
Are they comfortable to wear?
Custom-made night guards are comfortable to wear. They are made of quality plastic, which will fit right over your upper and lower teeth. Even while you sleep, your custom-made night guards will not slip out of place, allowing you to breathe normally without restricting your airflow. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for night guards sold at stores. Sometimes, you may find that these night guards in Bellevue, WA, do not fit well, making them quite uncomfortable to wear.
When you come to our Bellevue dentist office, Dr. Uparika Sharma will take your dental impressions to a dental lab where your custom night guard will be created.
How to take care of my night guard
When you get your night guard from us, keep it in a safe place where your children or pets cannot access it. Use your night guard case to protect it from dust and dirt. Ensure that you brush it regularly to prevent plaque accumulation, and your night guard will last very long.
Dr. Uparika Sharma has seen many patients experience a significant improvement in their oral health because of night guards. Many patients testify that they’ve also had improved sleep thanks to this dental technology. Call 425-998-8109 to schedule an appointment today.
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