What is a night guard?

nightguardNight guards are coverings worn over your teeth while you sleep to protect your teeth from bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). Night guards are custom fitted to provide a tight, comfortable fit. Our dentists, Drs. Howard and Howard, will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is molded over the model using a special material.

Do I need a night guard?

Night guards protect your teeth from teeth grinding. Bruxism can cause damage to your teeth, such as fracturing, loosening, wearing down, or even tooth loss. If this occurs, you may need bridges, root canal treatments, or even dentures to treat the damage. Teeth grinding can also cause headaches, jaw pain, and popping sounds when you open or close your jaw. If the condition is bad enough, it can even cause hearing loss.

It can be hard to tell whether you grind your teeth since it happens while you are sleeping. Some symptoms to watch for are constant headaches or a sore jaw. In many cases, people learn that they grind their teeth because a loved one hears the grinding at night. We invite you to call The Dental Office of Encino with any questions or if you would like to schedule a consultation to see if a night guard to treat your teeth grinding in Encino, California, is right for you.