Night guards are often recommended for patients who grind or clench their teeth while sleeping. These grinding and clenching habits can be extremely damaging to not only teeth, but the jaw joint, muscles and other tissues. In fact, this is one of the leading causes of TMD in the United States.
How do I know if I need a night guard?
Not all patients need a night guard, but we would be happy to visit with you more and to show you an example of the kind of night guard that we make. There are many different kinds, and all night guards are not created equal!
What can I expect?
Night guards require two appointments to make. At the first appointment, we will take an impression of your teeth. This appointment takes about 15 minutes. Approximately 2 weeks later, we will have you come back to our office and try the new night guard. It usually requires some slight adjustment. If, after wearing the night guard for a few nights, you find that some spots are still tight, we may choose to adjust it a little more so that it is comfortable and easy to wear.