Night Mouth Guard Services

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can lead to many long lasting problems. But fortunately there is a solution called a night mouth guard. The purpose of a dental night guard is to hold the jaw in a neutral position. While in this position the top teeth will not come into contact with the lower teeth. Since everyone's mouth is different, Taglia Dentistry, in Elmwood Park, believes that each patient should get the individual treatment they need. This includes discussing the options of different types of teeth grinding mouth guards, to taking an impression of the teeth to ensure a perfect fit.

The Symptoms That Night Guards Can Fix:

Do you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or headache? Are your teeth sensitive, loose, or cracked? Have you noticed your teeth are getting shorter or fit together differently than before? If you answered yes to these questions you may be suffering from bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding.

  • sore jaw
  • headache
  • teeth grinding
  • clicking sound in the jaw
  • sticking or locking of the jaw
  • loosened fillings
  • damaged enamel
  • pain that spreads into the neck, shoulders, ears, or head

If left untreated, the joint where the lower jaw connects to the skull can become inflamed and irritated, leading to chronic pain and swelling. These symptoms can have a huge impact on the overall health of your teeth and could lead to the need of additional treatments such as inlays or overlays, crowns, root canals and more. All at an additional cost and inconvenience to you.

The Night Mouth Guard Solution:

At Taglia Advanced Dentistry, we believe that treating this problem using night guards can significantly reduce, and even eliminate, these symptoms. Because everyone's mouth is different, we take an impression of the mouth and use that impression as a mold to create the night guard. Our dentists have the knowledge and expertise to determine the neutral position of the jaw for proper breathing, comfort, and stability. In this position, the upper and lower teeth do not come in contact and, therefore, cannot grind against each other.

Store bought night guards may claim to provide the same solution at a lower price. However, the night guards purchased at stores are typically made of soft-moldable, rubbery plastic that are not made to last. They are difficult to keep clean and may turn yellow over time. Also, over-the-counter night guards do not actually prevent teeth grinding and if they don't fit properly they may do even more damage to your teeth. Our night guards are made of a hard plastic that is resistant to wear and usage over time which makes them last much longer. They are easy to clean and won't stain or begin to smell. Since the jaw is held in a neutral position, the lower teeth cannot grip against the guard, and teeth grinding is eliminated. Imagine getting a good night's sleep and waking up feeling rested instead of in pain. We can make that happen for you.

Contact our Elmwood Park office to schedule an appointment today.

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