Many people get told by their dentist they may need to wear a night guard when they sleep. However, the prospects of it aren't exactly appealing, for many different reasons.
From it being uncomfortable and strange at first to issues with intimacy, wearing a night guard may be something you’d like to avoid. So you’re likely wondering: is it really necessary? Keep reading to find out the truth!
Night guards are recommended in most cases to help a patient stop grinding their teeth while they sleep. If when you’re awake you might be more in control of the process, during sleep your teeth grinding can go uninterrupted, and, over time, this will affect your overall dental health.
Night guards offer protection for your tooth enamel as it prevents the teeth from physically grinding against each other. As you wear the night guard, you can experience a variety of different benefits, such as:
If the dentist recommends a night guard, there are 3 main steps until you will receive it:
In most cases, yes. Night guards offer your teeth protection against the effects of tooth grinding. However, they do not necessarily fix the problem.
Tooth grinding can be caused by a variety of issues, such as stress, sleep apnea, missing teeth, or even an abnormal bite. It’s important to identify the cause of the grinding and get the proper treatment to ensure the tooth grinding does not continue.
If you’re grinding your teeth at night and are experiencing pain and soreness, BayBreeze Dental can help you get custom-made night guards that will alleviate your discomfort!