Do you repeatedly clench or grind your teeth in your sleep? Do you suffer from constant headaches or jaw pain because you clench your teeth? If so, a customized nightguard might be the solution. Wearing a nightguard for jaw clenching and teeth grinding can help safeguard your teeth from excessive wear and provide relief from temporomandibular joint pain. At De Lucs Dental, LLC, we can help determine if a nightguard is an appropriate bruxism or TMJ disorder treatment for you.
What Is a Nightguard?
An oral nightguard looks very similar to plastic trays and rests over the teeth to protect them from grinding or clenching. This appliance does not stop these involuntary jaw actions; however, it shields and protects the teeth from excessive wear and helps restore the correct space between the upper and lower teeth.
Benefits of Nightguard
A nightguard reduces the stress that is placed on the muscles and jaw joints. As a result, you will have less pain, and the teeth will be protected when you wear them.
Headaches are one of the many discomforts that come with TMJ disorders. Nightguards make a remarkable difference when it comes to these everyday aches and pains. Many people report having considerably reduced instances of headaches and neck pain.
Prevents Tooth Damage
The nighttime grinding and clenching of the jaw and teeth can lead to chipped teeth, damaged fillings, and excessive wear of the teeth enamel. Wearing a nightguard will safeguard your teeth and the quality of your smile.
Nightguards provide maximum comfort and significantly improve your sleep patterns. The nightguard positions your jaw in such a way that facilitates muscle relaxation and gives you peaceful sleep.
What Is the Process for a Custom Night Guard?
The process for getting a nightguard is straightforward and painless. Our dentist, Dr. Gary Lucombe, will take an impression of your oral cavity. These impressions are used to fabricate your nightguard out of durable plastic. Once ready, we will check the nightguard to make sure that it fits correctly. Then all you have to do is to wear the appliance before going to bed. Initially, it may feel unfamiliar, but most of our patients get used to wearing their nightguard pretty quickly. The appliance will not interfere with your breathing, and you will still be able to speak normally.
If you want more information on nightguards, visit our office, De Lucs Dental, LLC, at 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910. You can also reach us at 301-587-8081 | 301-587-8082.