March 29, 2016
Does your jaw ever feel sore or tender when you wake up in the morning? Do you frequently start your days with headaches? Has your dentist ever mentioned that you have excessive wear on your teeth? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be in need of a night guard. Your premiere Boston dentist, Dr. Jack Share explains why wearing a night guard is so beneficial.
Why Do I Need a Night Guard?
Many people clench their jaw or grind their teeth at night without even realizing that they’re doing it. This is known as bruxism and the telltale signs are a sore and tender jaw, and headaches upon waking. This type of force applied to your teeth night after night can lead to early and excessive wear of your teeth. It can also cause fractures or damage to your teeth, as your jaw is capable of putting enormous amounts of pressure on your teeth when you clench.
For many folks it’s stress that causes bruxism, but for others it’s sleep disorders, a misaligned bite or missing teeth that are the culprits. Taking steps to reduce your stress or anxiety is helpful, however a night guard is designed to protect your teeth from wear and damage, while alleviating bruxism.
What is a Night Guard?
It’s a removable oral appliance, typically made of plastic and similar to a retainer that is designed to protect your teeth at night while you sleep. Your dentist in Boston will custom design the night guard that is right for you so that it’s comfortable for you to wear at night.
Other Types of Guards
If you participate in sports such as football, basketball, hockey and soccer you may want to consider speaking to your dentist about a protective sports guard for your teeth. These are also sold at sporting goods stores, however your dentist is able to make you a custom fit sports guard that will protect your teeth and soft tissue from injury, especially during contact sports.
If you’ve been accused of snoring at night, you may want to talk with your dentist about a snore guard. Snoring takes its toll on you, the snorer, and your partner who can’t sleep at night. Wearing an oral appliance at night can open your airways and alleviate snoring, which will provide better sleep for you and your partner.
Dr. Share has over forty years of experience in helping patients with their dental care and he is one of the most respected dentists in the greater Boston area. Dr. Share can evaluate your situation and create an appliance that meets your needs, yet is also comfortable to wear at night so you can rest easy at night knowing that your teeth are protected and your snoring won’t keep anyone awake.
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