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Dental Night Guards in NW Calgary
Protect your smile!
Did you know that grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause irreversible damage to your teeth? Many patients are unaware that grinding or clenching their teeth may be the underlying reason behind jaw pain, ear pain, neck pain, headaches, sensitive teeth, damaged teeth, and other conditions. When left untreated, these problems can disrupt your day and impact your quality of life.
To control grinding or clenching, a night guard is often recommended by dentists. A dental night guard protects your teeth when you’re sleeping at night. Grinding commonly occurs when patients are asleep, which is one of the reasons they are unaware of the issue. There are certain triggers that stimulate teeth grinding and a night guard helps to reduce the stress on your teeth. These specialized splinters are customized to fit and are proven to minimize damage to your teeth. If teeth grinding has led to damage, we can help you restore your healthy, beautiful smile!
What is a Night Guard?
A night guard is a custom plastic appliance made specifically to fit your teeth. Night guards are generally worn only at night when you are sleeping.
Why do I need a night guard?
An extremely large number of people grind, gnash, and/or clench their teeth while sleeping. Many people are unaware that they are doing this. It is sometimes thought that grinding will occur during periods of stress. We believe now that while stress may enhance your periods of grinding, it is not the only cause.
While you are asleep, your teeth will come together about two to four times during seven to eight hours of sleep. When there are irregularities in the chewing surfaces of your teeth, an automatic reflex occurs (by grinding) to eliminate a spot where it is too high. Your neuro-muscular system steps into high gear and extends extreme pressure through the muscles of the mouth and jaw to grind away your teeth in a never ending battle which does nothing but cause aches and pains.
How will I know if I grind my teeth?
- Soreness in Neck Muscles
- A Stiff Neck
- Facial Pain around the Jaw
- Inability to Move the Jaw
- Clicking Sounds in the Jaw (when opening & closing your mouth)
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Pain in the Area of Your Ears
- Sometimes Dizziness and Impaired Hearing or Ringing
- Recurring Headaches
- Your Teeth Become Worn Down
- The Bone Retreats from the Roots of the Teeth
- Loose or Broken Teeth
- Someone Tells You That You Are Grinding Your Teeth
- Your Jaws Are Clenched upon Awakening