A night guard is a device worn over the teeth during sleep to protect them from the effects of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Bruxism is a common condition that affects millions of people and can cause several dental problems, including tooth damage (ground-down teeth), jaw pain, and tension headaches.
Our night guards are custom-fitted to your mouth and are made of a durable and somewhat flexible plastic material. It sits comfortably over the upper or lower teeth and creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth preventing them from coming into contact with each other. This barrier can help reduce the amount of wear and tear on the teeth and the pain and discomfort associated with teeth grinding.
Getting a custom-fitted nightguard from Dr. Locascio in Elk Grove offers numerous advantages. With his expertise, you can expect a nightguard that fits your mouth perfectly, ensuring optimal comfort and protection. Dr. Locascio's custom nightguards alleviate discomfort associated with teeth grinding, prevent enamel wear and fractures, and provide lasting durability. His professional guidance addresses your specific needs, and he offers ongoing monitoring and adjustments for personalized care. With Dr. Locascio's supervision, you can confidently manage your bruxism or TMJ issues, knowing you're receiving top-quality treatment tailored to your unique dental situation.
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Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard
In addition to protecting the teeth, a night guard can also help to alleviate jaw pain and headaches caused by tooth grinding (bruxism). The constant grinding and clenching of the jaw can cause the muscles in the jaw to become fatigued and sore, leading to pain and discomfort. By preventing the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other, a night guard can help to relax the jaw muscles and reduce pain and discomfort.
Another benefit of night guard is to improve sleep. Teeth grinding can also lead to disrupted sleep, as the constant grinding and clicking noise can be loud enough to wake both the grinder and their partner. A night guard can help to reduce the noise associated with teeth grinding, allowing the patient and their partner to sleep more peacefully through the night.
Overall, a night guard is an effective treatment for people who suffer from bruxism. It can protect the teeth, alleviate jaw pain and headaches, and improve sleep. If you're experiencing symptoms of bruxism, such as worn-down or damaged teeth, jaw pain, or constant headaches, please call our office and ask about getting a night guard.