Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Night Guards

Many adults grind their teeth at night during sleep, but are unaware of doing so.  Tooth grinding, which is also called bruxism, may have long-term, negative effects on your teeth and your jaw.  Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can also occur during wakefulness, although this is not as common.  One of the most effective solutions to bruxism is visiting your dentist in order to get a custom-fitted night mouth guard.  At Yurovsky Dental, we specialize in using the most up-to-date dental technology to create customized night mouth guards.  Clenching your teeth while sleeping results from some of the strongest muscles in your body becoming tense, ultimately leading to chronic headaches, sore jaw, stiffness in the neck, and over time causing irreversible tooth damage. Prolonged teeth grinding and constant jaw pressure can cause the edge of your teeth to become worn down, making them weak and prone to chipping. When left untreated, the pressure will eventually transfer to the gums and bones that support our teeth, leading to the recession of your gums and root exposure.

There are a number of reasons that individuals grind their teeth while sleeping. The condition can be temporary, caused by a stressful period of time, or the problem can be constant, caused by a jaw misalignment.  In cases like these, a mouth guard may be temporarily helpful.  To fix the problem completely, a more permanent intervention might be required, such as orthodontic management as a way to put the jaw back into correct alignment.  What is not recommended is choosing an over-the-counter night guard.  While this may seem to be a convenient solution, the absence of a customized fit can actually cause more harm than good.  Without being properly adjusted to the alignment of your teeth, a night guard can damage your joints, increase headaches and cause facial pain.

Tooth grinding may have harmful effects on your health, both short- and long-term. These may include:

  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Morning headaches
  • Painful chewing
  • Jaw pain

Bruxism may also result in needing to frequently replace crowns and fillings, which can become extremely costly over time.

Dr. Yurovsky has helped many patients deal with the painful symptoms of nighttime grinding and clenching.  A night mouth guard is designed to cover your teeth while you sleep to prevent grinding and clenching from occurring., Dr. Yurovsky will create a custom-fitted mouth guard which, unlike over the counter nighttime mouth guards, will provide you with maximum comfort, and which has no negative effects on breathing while sleeping.  The night guard wear is stable and durable enough to not move while asleep and can last for years, even for the most severe grinders.

The process of creating a custom nighttime mouth guard is simple. Dr. Yurovsky will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your personal symptoms and assess the damages teeth grinding and clenching have made on your teeth.  Next, Dr. Yurovsky will take an impression of your mouth, so that your mouth guard can be personalized to match the specific form of your mouth.  Night guards are molded from a hard, durable plastic to fit the shape of your teeth.  Afterwards, your impressions will be sent to the lab, and a custom nighttime mouth guard will be created for you. 

Many adults suffer from the negative consequences of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching every day. At Yurovsky Dental, our team of dental enthusiasts want to share with their patients the everyday benefits of a custom-fitted nighttime mouth guard.  Make an appointment today, and stop suffering the painful effects of nighttime teeth clenching and grinding.