Too much stress on your jaw can lead to TMJ Disorder (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), headaches, facial pains, neck and shoulder pain, and broken teeth. A night guard relieves some of the pressure put on your jaw and teeth, and can prevent issues from occurring and causing problems in the future. Using our Cone Beam CT scanner, Dr. Tim Garofolo will examine your jaw and dentition to create a custom night guard for you. We welcome you to call The Dentistry Collective at 858-257-3412 for more information about night guards in San Diego and Rancho Bernardo, California, and make your appointment with our experienced dentist.
A night guard is a special type of mouth guard that is used to treat bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. If our dentist suspects that you suffer from bruxism, we may recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from damage and prevent teeth grinding while you sleep. Many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the condition because it occurs while they sleep. Common signs of nighttime teeth clenching and grinding include:
- Chronic jaw pain, facial pain, and ear pain
- Awakening with a tired or tight feeling in the jaw
- Frequent tension headaches and migraines
- Excessive tooth wear, leading to chipped, flattened, cracked, or very worn teeth
- Extremely worn tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
- Indentations on the side of the tongue
- Increased tooth sensitivity
If you notice the signs of bruxism, you may benefit from a custom night guard. This night guard will be custom made to fit your smile comfortably and effectively, allowing you to sleep peacefully while protecting your smile. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about night guards and how we can prevent teeth grinding. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your smile.