Centennial Night Guards
Centennial night guards prescribed by Dr. Douglas Johnston, DDS in Centennial CO.
What is a night guard?
A nightguard is a mouthpiece custom fitted to your mouth, to help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ or bruxism. It is commonly made of a hard or soft plastic. You should wear it at night.
Centennial night guards protect your teeth and allow you to get a good nights sleep.
Clenching can cause pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other surrounding structures of the jaw. It can also cause jaw joint disorders, headaces, neck pain, jaw pain, ear pain, tense muscles, and excessive wear on the teeth. Collectively, these symptoms are referred to as “TMJ” problems (temperomandibular joint). Clenching can cause damage to the temperomandibular joint (the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the upper jaw) if not treated. Clenching is a common problem, it is estimated that 30-40 million Americans are affected by it.
A large number of people who clench also tend to grind their teeth. Grinding is when you slide your teeth over each other in a back and forth, sideways movement. Often the grinding is a subconscious behavior that is not realized by the bruxer. A partner or significant other is often the first to hear the noise of the bruxer’s teeth grinding at night. If not treated, excessive grinding and/or clenching can wear down your teeth, cause tooth fracture, bone loss, and gum recession.
Teeth grinding or clenching (called bruxism) can be caused by stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or crooked/missing teeth. Some people clench and grind their teeth during the day, while others do it unconsciously at night. Signs you may be suffering from bruxism include:
- Soreness and pain in the jaw or face
- A dull headache originating from the temples
- Damaged teeth including fractures, chips, and worn enamel
- Tired or tight jaw muscles
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Tongue indentations or cheek damage
- In addition, sometimes your partner may be able to hear you grinding your teeth while you are sleeping.
How Custom Night Guards Are Made
Getting a custom night guard is a completely painless procedure! Dr. Johnston simply takes an impression of your teeth by placing a horseshoe shaped tray in your mouth. The tray contains a pliable material that molds to your teeth and then, once removed, sets into an exact replica of your mouth. We send your impressions to a dental lab where your custom night guard is created to match your teeth exactly. This process ensures that you will have the most comfortable night guard that is matched to your grinding pattern, and will effectively prevent damage for years to come.
Night Guard Cost
Most insurance plans help with the cost of a night guard. Typically night guards run between $500-$800.
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