Night guards play a crucial role in dental health, particularly for individuals suffering from bruxism, a condition characterized by involuntary teeth grinding or clenching during sleep. Patients with bruxism are often unaware of their condition, as it predominantly occurs at night. However, the effects of bruxism are far-reaching, potentially leading to significant dental health issues if left unaddressed. If you are impacted by bruxism, Dr. Christopher Layton may recommend a night guard to help protect your teeth, smile and oral health.

Bruxism can manifest through various symptoms, many of which may seem unrelated to dental health at first glance. These include:

  • Chronic jaw, facial and ear pain
  • A tired or tight feeling in the jaw, especially upon waking
  • Frequent tension headaches and migraines
  • Excessive tooth wear, including chipped, flattened and cracked teeth
  • Erosion of tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the teeth
  • Indentations on the side of the tongue
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

In addition to physical symptoms, bruxism can also contribute to other dental problems, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which affect the jaw’s movement and can cause further pain and discomfort. All these symptoms affect your dental health as well as your overall wellbeing and quality of life. By addressing bruxism with a night guard, you can avoid these and other complications and enjoy a healthier and more comfortable life.

Night guards, sometimes also referred to as occlusal guards, are a custom-made oral appliance. They act as a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing the forces of clenching teeth from causing damage. By wearing a night guard, you can mitigate the effects of grinding and clenching teeth and prevent the escalation of bruxism-related symptoms into a more serious condition. Your night guard will be carefully designed to fit perfectly, ensuring your comfort with a simple, effective and noninvasive solution.

For more information about night guards in Carlsbad, California, and to schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist, please contact Calavera Hills Dental today at 760-842-5876. We are committed to helping you improve your quality of life and maintain a healthy smile.

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