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Building 11A
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 751-7171

Night Guards

Does your jaw or teeth hurt when you wake up in the morning?  Do you have difficulty opening your mouth when you wake up?  Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks?  Do your muscles ache or do you suffer from headaches when you wake up?  

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be grinding your teeth at night.  This condition is known as bruxism.  Bruxing or tooth grinding can wear away tooth enamel and expose the next layer of tooth structure.  A nightguard is a custom fitted acrylic material that covers either the upper or lower teeth to prevent the biting surfaces of the teeth from coming into contact.  It is easy to insert and remove, and it is easy to wear while sleeping.  It is important to combat bruxism because it can cause muscle pain, tooth wear and the need to replace fillings more often.

Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.

If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today.

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