Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Night Guards

Many adults grind or clench their teeth at night when sleeping but are unaware of doing so. Tooth grinding, also called bruxism, may have long-term negative effects on your teeth and jaw joints.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can also occur during wakefulness, although this is not as common. One of the most effective solutions to bruxism is visiting your dentist to get a custom-made mouth guard to protect your teeth.

Mouth Guards

At Dr. Renee Yurovsky's dental office, we specialize in using the most up-to-date dental technology to create customized night mouth guards. Clenching your teeth while sleeping results from some of the strongest muscles in your body becoming tense, ultimately leading to chronic headaches, a sore jaw, neck pain, and, over time, causing irreversible tooth damage.

Prolonged teeth grinding and constant jaw pressure can cause the edges of your teeth to become worn down, making them weak and prone to chipping. When left untreated, the pressure will eventually transfer to the gums and bones that support our teeth, leading to the recession of your gums and root exposure.

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Mouth Guard For Teeth Grinding

Several reasons may contribute to why you grind your teeth while sleeping. The condition can be temporary, caused by a stressful period, or constant, caused by jaw misalignment.

In cases like these, a night guard may be temporarily helpful. To fix the problem, a more permanent intervention is required.

Orthodontic management is a way to restore the jaw to its correct alignment. However, it is not recommended to choose an over-the-counter night guard. While this may seem like a convenient solution, the absence of a customized fit can actually cause more harm than good.

Without being properly adjusted to the alignment of your teeth, a night guard can further damage your jaw joint, increase headaches, and cause facial pain.

Grinding your teeth may have harmful effects on your dental health, both short-term and long-term. These may include:

  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Morning headache
  • Painful chewing
  • Jaw pain

Bruxism may also result in the need to frequently replace crowns and fillings, which can become extremely costly over time.

Philadelphia Dental Night Guard Dentist

Philadelphia, PA Dentist Dr. Yurovsky has helped many patients deal with the painful symptoms of nighttime grinding and clenching. A night guard is designed to cover your teeth while you sleep to prevent grinding and clenching from occurring.

Unlike over-the-counter nighttime mouth guards, Dr. Yurovsky will create a custom-fitted mouth guard that will provide maximum comfort and have no negative effects on breathing while sleeping. In addition, the night mouth guard is stable and durable enough to protect and not move while asleep. It can last for years, even for the most severe grinders.

Typically, mouth guards only protect your upper teeth, but occasionally, your dentist will also create one that covers your lower teeth.

The process of creating a custom nighttime night guard is simple. First, Dr. Yurovsky will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your symptoms and assess the damage that teeth grinding and clenching have caused to your teeth. Next, Dr. Yurovsky will take an impression of your mouth so that the right mouth guard can be personalized to match the specific form of your mouth.

Night mouth guards are cast from hard, durable plastic to fit your teeth. Afterward, your impressions are sent to the lab, where a personalized nighttime mouthguard is crafted specifically for you.

Many adults suffer from the negative consequences of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching every day. Dr. Renee Yurovsky and her team of dental enthusiasts want to share the everyday benefits of a custom-fitted night guard with their patients so that you can begin the process of regaining your oral health. Additionally, mouth guards can prevent tooth loss, nerve damage to teeth, chipped or broken teeth, and other dental injuries.

Please make an appointment today with our Philadelphia, PA office and stop suffering the painful effects of nighttime teeth clenching and grinding. If you have any inquiries or need assistance, please feel free to contact us today at 215-545-1202.

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