Do I Need a Mouth Guard?

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
March 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Mouth Guard   night guard  

Night grinding is something that occurs at night time for a variety for dental patients. Teeth grinders progressively harm their teeth and night guardsgums. As teeth continue to experience this damaged, they are left to be damaged and sensitive. Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts in Redlands, CA can evaluate each patient and determine whether or not a night guard is a viable treatment option for each and every patient.

About Night Guards

Oftentimes those who grind their teeth will wake up to a stiff jaw, pain in the jaw or ear or even a headache. When this occurs, a patient may decide to visit their Redlands dentist to diagnose their bruxism and have a custom-made night guard made for them.

Night guards, also known as occlusal guards, are oral appliances that are prescribed to those that grind their teeth. They are made of a thick material that can withstand the grinding habit. Custom-made occlusal guards are made from an impression of each patient’s teeth.

Occlusal guards are great for:

  • Protecting the teeth to limit damage. Without the guard, wear will occur.
  • Protecting the jaw so that it can open and close properly. Without proper treatment, TMD/TMJ symptoms can occur that can be painful.
  • Save patients future dental bills and procedures. This helps prevent these issues from occurring and keeping your teeth and gums protected.

Ultimately, occlusal guards are effective at cushioning the teeth, which is a long term investment for teeth grinders. While they do not cure night grinding, they help protect the teeth from becoming damaged over time. Dr. Hamrick-Stotts is ready to evaluate a patient and determine whether a night guard will work best for their oral health situation. To schedule this important appointment, call her Redlands, CA dental office at 909-793-9711 today.