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Night Guard Specialist

Pavilion Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Tracy, CA

Years of grinding away at your teeth can lead to significant tooth damage, a problem you can fix with a simple plastic mouthguard. Maneeza Kulaly, DMD, can fit you for a night guard to protect your teeth at Pavilion Dental. If you suspect you are grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw while you sleep, contact the Tracy, California, over the phone to schedule an evaluation.

Night Guard Q & A

What is nighttime teeth grinding?

Sleep bruxism, or teeth grinding while you sleep, is a common but little-understood occurrence. Intense moods, genetics, and other factors seem to increase the risk of getting this condition.

Signs that you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep include:

  • Worn enamel at the tooth’s edges
  • Unexpected breakage, chipping, or loosened teeth
  • Sore teeth, jaw, or face muscles upon waking
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Comments from your sleeping partner about your teeth grinding

You may feel a dull headache or a clenched jaw when you wake up after teeth grinding. These are signs that you should speak to Dr. Kulaly about teeth grinding and explore treatment options, such as a night guard.

What is a night guard?

A night guard is an oral appliance you wear over your teeth while you’re sleeping to keep you from grinding your teeth. Night guards are custom-fitted to your teeth and usually made out of plastic, so they’re easy to clean and care for. They’re also easy to travel with, so you can get a good night’s sleep away from home.

Why should I get a night guard?

If you continue to clench or grind your teeth at night, you risk permanent damage to your teeth and poor sleep. A mouthguard is especially important if you regularly grind your teeth, and the side effects start to impact your daily life.

A night guard helps in several ways:

  • Prevents further tooth damage from grinding
  • Eases tension headaches related to clenching
  • Helps you and your partner get better sleep, uninterrupted by your teeth grinding

If you have bruxism and sleep apnea, you can get fitted for a night guard that helps alleviate the symptoms of both conditions. 

How do I get fitted for a night guard?

At your first appointment, Dr. Kulaly examines your teeth and learns as much as she can about your habits and oral health. Then, Dr. Kulaly takes impressions of your bite and sends them to a lab where they create your customized mouthguard.

At your fitting, Dr. Kulaly makes sure the night guard feels comfortable and fits you perfectly. Then, you can take the appliance home and use it as directed. 

If you grind your teeth at night, contact Pavilion Dental for an appointment to discuss treatment options. You can call the office to schedule an appointment.