Do you wake up with constant headaches or teeth or jaw pain? If so, you should visit our office, Stevens Creek Family Dentistry, for an examination. You may need a nightguard. We can provide you with a nightguard designed to address these issues, improve your oral health, and even help you sleep better. Our dentist, Dr. Tracy Ngo, will give the best care by using advanced dental technology to make sure your gums and teeth are in healthy condition.
What Are Nightguards?
Dental nightguards are specially-made plastic devices that are worn during sleep to help prevent teeth from getting worn down due to grinding and clenching. They are similar to mouthguards as they extend protection to both upper and lower teeth from trauma or nighttime grinding.
Why Should You Wear a Nightguard?
You should consider wearing a nightguard if you are in the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth at night. At Stevens Creek Family Dentistry, we believe in the value of preventative care, and nightguards are one of the best methods we can provide to prevent your teeth from getting damaged.
Since you only get one set of natural teeth, allowing them to deteriorate would be irresponsible. The discomfort you will experience and the cost you will incur to restore your teeth could be avoided by taking this easy, preventative measure. Hence, wearing a nightguard could be the best decision you can make to save your teeth from further harm and injury.
How Can Nightguards Help?
Patients wear nightguards to address the following conditions.
Nightguards are beneficial for people who clench their teeth forcefully, especially in demanding or stressful situations. Clenching will put direct pressure and stress on the teeth as well as their jaw joints. A nightguard is recommended for such patients to prevent them from placing excessive force on their teeth as it could have damaging effects.
Nightguards could help in treating sleep apnea and snoring disorders. They help adjust the position of the tongue and lower jaw in such a way that allows air to pass through freely. With the airway unblocked, snoring would be reduced.
Nightguards can help prevent damage to the teeth. The grinding of the teeth can cause them to crack, chip, or get worn down. The teeth can become flattened, and your dentin or nerves could be exposed, leading to tooth sensitivity. The recession of gums and teeth loss could occur. If you use a nightguard, the teeth will be unable to grind against each other, and the potential damage can be avoided.
Dr. Tracy Ngo at Stevens Creek Dentistry in Santa Clara could help you get your shiny smile back. Call us today at 408-261-8882 to schedule your dental consultation and know more about dental nightguards.