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Sep
9

How a Night Guard Could Change Your Life

Posted in Mouth Guards

Are you clenching or grinding your way through your sleep each night? Do your jaws feel sore in the morning, or does your family member complain of the noise that you’re making with your teeth? If so, then it’s time to find out how a night guard can help you get better rest and prevent damage to your smile.

Night guards help guide your jaws and teeth into a natural resting position, even when your muscles are saying otherwise. The sturdy acrylic keeps teeth from rubbing against one another and the jaw from being strained for hours on end. Why is this important? Because excess grinding can lead to TMJ disorders and even damage your teeth permanently.

Excessive wear caused by grinding and clenching can cause enamel chipping on your teeth, exposing the inner layers of your tooth structure. It can also cause otherwise healthy restorations like fillings or crowns to break apart, requiring you to have them replaced prematurely. The modest investment in a professionally made night guard can save you thousands in dental work in the years to come, and is one of the best pieces of “insurance” that you can get for your smile.

When your jaws are unable to lock up all night, you’ll have less muscle tension and fewer headaches the next day. You and your sleep partner will have better rest, because there isn’t any noise to tune out.

Over the counter guards are loosely fitted for a “one size fits all” approach. This allows them to come out easily, wear out quickly, and not very comfortable to wear. A custom night guard will fit securely to your teeth all night long.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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May
7

Stress and Tooth Wear

Posted in Mouth Guards

Everywhere we turn, stress impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Work, school, family, finances, you name it…the stress can take a toll mentally, emotionally, and physically. When it comes to physical stress symptoms, most people think about loss of sleep, appetite, and even some grey hair; but did you know that stress can also cause you to grind or clench your teeth abnormally?

Excess clenching and grinding causes enamel to rub up against itself, and enamel is the hardest structure in the entire human body. The result is flat, worn teeth, broken enamel along the gumlines, and even broken restorations. Unfortunately this wear is irreversible, can result in costly dental treatment, and even damage tissues around the TMJ.

Wearing a night guard or bite splint can alleviate tooth wear due to stress. These devices prevent the teeth from wearing against one another, and also reducing the muscle pressure in and around the jaw. Instead, the teeth are placed in a proper relaxed position where there is a slight space between the arches; yet the lips are still closed together.

Stress can come and go, or it may be a permanent part of your lifestyle. Investing in a bite splint won’t only save your teeth; it will also reduce the cost of dental treatment needs later on. Having a splint made is very simple, and all that is needed is an impression of your teeth. Within about one week, your splint will be ready for you to pick up and start wearing right away. Some people wear them to sleep in, when they drive, or even when they’re at work.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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