Dental Night Guards

Protect your teeth while you sleep

Do you suffer from Bruxism, which is excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth?

Did you know that this can lead to excessive wear, cracks or fractures on your teeth or fillings and may even cause permanent damage to your teeth and jaw joints? It can occur during the day or night.

At night we have no conscious control over the clenching or grinding that we do

You may not even be aware you are doing it. Severe damage from bruxism can leave teeth feeling painful, sensitive to hot and cold, and even cause discolouration. You may notice your teeth getting shorter or you may find you are breaking or dislodging fillings or breaking bits off your own teeth. You may even feel your teeth getting looser. It can lead to significant discomfort and pain in your mouth, your face or the temporomandibular (TMJ) jaw joint.

To prevent or protect from future damage, your dentist may recommend you wear a dental night guard. At Azura, we can custom fit and construct a night guard to provide the best possible protection while you sleep. We’ll take an impression of your teeth with our specialised digital scanner (this replaces the use of messy impressions with that goop we all hate having in our mouths), to get the closest fit so that you’ll end up with a snugly fitting night guard which assists in protecting your teeth against clenching and grinding. Care for your dental night guard by rinsing it in liquid soap and cold water then allowing it to air dry after every use. Make sure you keep it away from reach of your dog, they love to eat them.

Frequently asked questions

Your dentist could advise wearing a sleep guard as they may have assessed grinding and clenching causing damage to your teeth or causing other problems. Grinding and clenching can also be a contributing factor to morning headaches, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain, jaw pain and broken or cracked teeth. The nightguard will help protect your teeth, jaw, crowns, and other dental restorations against wear and tear and damage. It can also assist in alleviating jaw pain and headaches caused by grinding and clenching.

Maintaining your night guard will ensure that it continues to protect your teeth for as long as possible. Daily upkeep and weekly deep cleanings are recommended. The best time to clean your night guard is every day when you take it off in the morning and rinse it under cold or tepid water. Your night guard is more vulnerable to bacterial growth if you wait to clean it until later in the day or right before bed. Use a mild soap or detergent to clean it and once a week use denture cleaning tablets or Milton’s to thoroughly clean your night guard.
Even though some people might be tempted to skip a night, it is crucial to wear it every night to avoid having issues related to teeth clenching. It is advised to put it in the mouth around 10 minutes prior to going to bed so that one may get acclimated to how the dental appliance feels and allow easier sleeping.

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