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 joint.

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 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 guards. Clenching your teeth while sleeping results from some of the strongest muscles in your body becoming tense, ultimately leading to chronic headaches, a sore jaw, neck pain, 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 several reasons you grind your teeth while sleeping. The condition can be temporary, caused by a stressful period. Or the problem can be constant and caused by a jaw misalignment.

In cases like these, a night guard may be temporarily helpful. To fix the problem, a more permanent intervention is required.

Orthodontic management is used 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.

Grinding your teeth may have harmful effects on your oral health, both short-term 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.

Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Yurovsky has helped many patients deal with the painful symptoms of nighttime grinding and clenching. A night 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 that will provide you with maximum comfort, which has no negative effects on breathing while sleeping, unlike over-the-counter nighttime night guards. 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 night guard is simple. Dr. Yurovsky will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your symptoms and assess the damage 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 cast from a hard, durable plastic to fit the shape of your teeth. Afterward, your impressions are sent to the lab. A custom nighttime night guard will be made 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 wants to share the everyday benefits of a custom-fitted night guard with their patients, so that you can begin the process of regaining your oral health.

Make an appointment today with our Philadelphia, PA office and stop suffering the painful effects of nighttime teeth clenching and grinding.