A Dental Night Guard Protects Your Jaw and Teeth
Specialized Mouth Gear –
Night guards are often mistaken for sports guards but they are very different.
A dental night guard places your jaw in a restful position and prevents further damage to your jaw joints and teeth. Contact Coquitlam family dentist, Altitude Dental, to fit you for a custom guard.
The purpose of a night guard is to place your jaw in a restful position preventing further damage to the jaw joints and your teeth.
Most people will clench or grind their teeth during childhood and during times of stress. Many people are often unaware that they clench or grind, especially if they do so at night – while asleep – and therefore it is difficult to stop. If the clenching or grinding occurs over a long period of time then it can start to damage the teeth and/or the jaw joints.
On the teeth, the enamel will start to wear away and the darker yellow dentin will start to show. In the jaw joint, the jaw joint bone will start to change shape and the cartilage that helps protect the jaw joint can be damaged.
People with damaged jaw joints can develop Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) which affects the jaw, facial nerves, and facial joints and can result in pain and swelling around the jaw joints and up to the ear.
If you cannot stop clenching or grinding your teeth or if you do not use a dental night guard custom designed for your mouth and teeth, then you may end up with more serious health issues over the long term. We strongly recommend having an assessment of your teeth and your jaw joint to see if you could benefit from night guard protection.
To find out if a dental night guard is right for you, contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Vaida at Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental.