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Nightguards in Jaffrey, NH

Do you grind your teeth at night? You may need to wear a night guard. Monadnock Dental can help you find the right guard for your needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

What are night guards?

Dental night guards are custom-made dental appliances worn over the teeth to protect from grinding and clenching during sleep. Night guards can also be used to treat TMJ disorders. When you wear a night guard, it creates a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth, which protects them from the damaging effects of grinding and clenching.

Who would benefit most from a dental night guard?

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may benefit from a night guard:

  • Worn down, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Earache

These symptoms can be related to the following problems, and we can help diagnose the underlying issue to help treat your symptoms:

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes people to stop breathing for short periods during sleep. This can lead to night-time teeth grinding and clenching, which will, in turn, help relieve snoring and breathing problems.

Bruxism (Grinding)

Bruxism is a condition that causes people to grind or clench their teeth. This can happen day or night, but nighttime teeth grinding is more common. Bruxism is often caused by stress and can lead to headaches and trouble sleeping.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. TMJ disorder is a condition that causes pain and dysfunction in the jaw muscles. Nighttime teeth grinding and clenching from TMJ can lead to a sore jaw.

Other Breathing Problems

When the upper or lower teeth and jaw are not correctly aligned, it can cause problems with breathing. This can lead to night-time teeth grinding and clenching.

How to Care for a Night Guard

To keep your night guard in good condition, you should:

  • Clean it regularly with toothpaste and water after you wear it
  • Rinse it off after use and allow it to air dry completely
  • Avoid storing it in direct sunlight or near heat sources
  • Always store your night guard in a case when you aren’t wearing it
  • Keep the case clean and dry

FAQs About Night Guards

A night guard works by creating a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth, which protects them from the damaging effects of grinding and clenching.
A night guard can last for several years with proper care.
A night guard will not shift your teeth. When you get a night guard from a dentist, it will be custom fitted to your mouth. This should not be confused with custom orthodontic aligners that shift the position of your teeth.
A night guard custom-fitted by your dentist should be comfortable and should not bother you while you sleep. Having a custom one made will provide a better fit than a store-bought option and provide maximum comfort.
It is important to note that a night guard is not the same as a mouth guard. A mouth guard refers to an appliance worn to protect the teeth from trauma, usually during contact sports. Mouth and night guards are made from different materials and serve other purposes, so you should not wear a mouth guard at night.
A custom-fitted night guard from a dentist will be more expensive than a boil and bite night guard that you can purchase at the store. You can expect to pay around $200 for a custom fit.

Contact Monadnock Dental for a Night Guards in Jaffrey, NH

Sleep apnea and bruxism are common conditions that can lead to serious dental problems if left untreated. Night guards are an effective way to protect your teeth and preserve your oral health.

Monadnock Dental Associates provides night guards for patients in Jaffrey, NH. If you think you may benefit from a night guard, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

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