If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) while asleep, our dentists may recommend that you be fitted for a custom night guard. These mouthpieces fit over your upper or lower teeth to lessen the damaging effects and help protect your teeth. Night guards can also correct your bite by properly positioning your teeth. For more information about night guards in Amherst, New Hampshire, and to schedule your consultation at New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, call us today at 603-672-6546.
It’s estimated that close to 20% of adults suffer from the negative effects of grinding and clenching their teeth, often called bruxism. The main cause of bruxism is stress. Clenching and grinding not only cause excessive wear on your teeth, but can lead to:
- Facial and neck muscle soreness
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) problems
- Arthritis pain and dysfunction
- Fractured or broken teeth
Night guards also protect any crown or bridgework you may have and are often recommended for this reason. Cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers or bonding, should always be protected by a custom night guard.
It only takes two appointments to fit your custom night guard in Amherst, New Hampshire—it’s easy, fast, and pain-free. At your first appointment, we take impressions of your upper and lower teeth; it really only takes a few minutes, and no tools or shots are involved. Then, using these impressions, we make a model and send it to our laboratory, where they create your custom night guard. A few days later at your second visit, we’ll fit and adjust your night guard to make sure it’s comfortable.
Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with one of our dental appliance specialists and learn more about how night guards can help you!