Most patients don’t realize they’re grinding their teeth at night until their dentist notices worn or chipped tooth enamel. If you wake up with tooth or jaw pain, it’s time to request an appointment with our dentists in Novi, MI.
Our dentists will be able to determine whether you would benefit from wearing a night guard for teeth grinding.
Please contact us with any questions you may have!
What are Night Guards?
Ais an oral appliance you wear over your teeth while you sleep. The night guard works by forming a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. That way, you won’t be able to grind your teeth overnight. You may even snore less while wearing your night guard because it helps hold your upper jaw in place.
How Do I Know If I Need a Night Guard?
Do you wake up with a toothache or sore jaw? If so, this could be a sign you’re grinding your teeth at night. If you have a partner, they may also hear your teeth squeak as you clench or grind your teeth.
Do Night Guards Really Work?
Yes, night guards for teeth grinding really work. The night guard fits over your upper teeth, preventing them from making contact with your lower teeth. Many patients are able to avoid the serious consequences of teeth grinding by wearing their night guards. For example, a teeth grinding guard can prevent chipped, cracked, or even fractured teeth.
What to Expect
It will take two visits to our office to get your teeth grinding guard. First, our dentists will need to take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. The lab will then make your night guard from the dental impressions.
When you return for your second appointment, yourwill be ready to pick up. Our dentists will still need to check that your new oral appliance fits well so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.