Ways Your Smile Can Benefit From a Night Guard

Posted on May 21, 2018 in Oral Health Tips

There are many different reasons we recommend night guards for patients. Not only do they protect your smile, but they also make it easier for you to sleep well at night. But that’s just the beginning! Read on to learn all the benefits of a dental night guard.

1. Prevent Pain

If you experience jaw pain, headaches, facial tenderness, or difficulty chewing, you may have a TMJ disorder. This disorder can cause a lot of discomfort, which is why a night guard can be such a huge relief. A customized night guard is perfectly aligned to fit your teeth and jaw, so your waking hours are much more comfortable and you feel like your old self again.

2. Protect Your Teeth

When a patient experiences bruxism, they clench, grind, or gnash their teeth unconsciously. Although this can occur in the daytime, it tends to be more frequent during sleep.

While this may not seem like a big deal, unfortunately, bruxism can wreak havoc on teeth, leading to worn enamel, chipped or flattened teeth, and increased sensitivity. A custom-fit night guard can alleviate these symptoms, preventing damage to teeth.

3. Save Money

Nighttime teeth grinding can lead to very expensive dental problems further down the road. For that reason, we recommend that if you grind your teeth, you wear a dental night guard. Not only will you protect your teeth, but you’ll also save yourself from needing the more serious (and costly) dental work we often see with teeth grinders.

How Can I Get a Custom Night Guard

At Smile Hilliard, we provide dental night guards of the highest quality. We do this by getting an accurate impression of your upper and lower jaw, as well as obtaining a bite registration. Then, your dental night guard is created in our lab. Once it’s ready, Dr. Sanyk makes sure it fits comfortably for the ultimate in overnight protection.

If you’d like to be evaluated for a dental night guard, you can schedule your visit online or call our office at 614.534.0257 to request an appointment.

We are located at 6304 Scioto Darby Road in Hilliard and offer evening office hours for your convenience.