A night guard is a custom-made mouth guard that you wear while you sleep to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching. Grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, can cause severe damage to your teeth over time. It can lead to tooth wear, cracked teeth, and even tooth loss. Wearing a night guard can help protect your teeth from the damage of grinding and clenching.
At Herrera Family Dental, we offer custom-fit night guards for our patients. We fit you for a night guard by taking impressions of your mouth and creating a custom appliance for you to wear at night. Our trusted Dentist in Las Vegas, NV will ensure your night guard fits comfortably in your mouth and is durable enough to last years.
Types of Nightguards
These nightguards are available over the counter and come in standard size. While affordable, they often provide an ill-fitting and uncomfortable experience.
These guards are softened in hot water, then molded to your teeth for a better fit than store-bought options. However, they may still not fit as well as custom-fitted night guards.
Crafted by our dental professionals in Las Vegas, NV, using impressions of your teeth, custom-fitted nightguards demonstrate optimal fit, comfort, and protection. They are tailor-made to suit your unique needs.
The Benefits of Nightguards
Preservation of Tooth Structure
Night guards in Las Vegas, NV, work as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing them from coming into direct contact and keeping them from grinding. This protective cushion preserves the enamel, preventing the excessive wear and tear that bruxism can cause.
Prevention of Tooth Damage
Over time, teeth grinding can lead to chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth. Night guards act as a shield, minimizing the risk of these dental injuries and maintaining the integrity of your smile.
Alleviation of Jaw Pain and Headaches
Bruxism often goes hand in hand with jaw pain and headaches, primarily upon waking. Night guards help alleviate these discomforts by creating a buffer between your teeth, reducing the pressure on your jaw joint (TMJ).
Protection of Dental Work
If you've invested in dental restorations like crowns, veneers, or bridges, night guards provide an extra layer of protection. They shield these restorations from the excessive grinding forces, extending their lifespan.
Improved Sleep Quality
The noise and motion of teeth grinding can disrupt sleep patterns for the bruxer and their sleep partner. Night guards create a barrier that muffles the grinding sounds and reduces the impact of movement, promoting better sleep for everyone involved.
Night guards are the unsung heroes of oral health, providing a shield against the silent threat of bruxism. By preserving your tooth structure, preventing damage, and alleviating discomfort, night guards ensure your smile remains vibrant and your sleep undisturbed. Visit Herrera Family Dental at 1300 S Lamb Blvd #400, Las Vegas, NV 89104, or call (702) 780-7660 to determine the most suitable mouthguard for your needs and embark on a journey toward a peaceful slumber and optimal oral health.