Night Guard

Robert Badalov, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Robert Badalov, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentistry located in Tucson, AZ

Waking up each day with pain in your jaw or in your head could be a sign that you grind your teeth. Beyond alleviating morning soreness, stopping your teeth grinding with a custom night guard from Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC, in Tucson, Arizona, helps you avoid tooth damage. Call Dr. Badalov’s office or reserve an appointment online for teeth grinding treatment today.

Night Guard Q & A

What is a night guard?

Night guards offer an effective way to control your teeth grinding. Many people grind their teeth as they sleep, often due to stress. To stop you from grinding your teeth, Dr. Badalov provides custom-fit night guards that act as a barrier between your upper and lower arches.

Night guards are similar to sports guards, which you wear in your mouth while you play contact sports to prevent injuries to your teeth. Both mouthguard types protect your teeth from damage that weakens them.

When you come to Dr. Badalov for a night guard or a sports guard, he takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a dental lab. Professional night guards are far more comfortable and long-lasting than generic mouthguards that you can purchase over-the-counter.

Why do I need a night guard?

Grinding your teeth might not seem like such a big deal, especially if it’s been an unwavering habit for years. In truth, year after year of clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep can result in serious damage that is much more costly and time-consuming to fix. Common complications resulting from nighttime teeth grinding, or bruxism, include:

  • Worn down enamel
  • Damaged dental repairs and restorations
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • General jaw pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Gum irritation

Additionally, teeth grinding isn’t always silent. The rubbing and gnashing of your teeth might be preventing your partner from getting a good night’s rest. If you notice symptoms of teeth grinding, be sure to mention it to Dr. Badalov at your next dental appointment.

How often should I replace my night guard?

If you take care of your custom night guard, it can last for up to 10 years. Night guards from Dr. Badalov are made of durable materials and can withstand the force between your teeth when you bite down. However, you must visit Dr. Badalov for a replacement if it:

  • Cracks or breaks
  • Becomes warped or misshapen
  • Frays along the edges
  • Gets lost

You can maximize the lifespan of your night guard by keeping it clean. You must sanitize it with soap and water every morning, and you should keep it in a safe place while you’re not wearing it.

If you suspect or know that you’re a teeth grinder, call Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC, or book an appointment online right away.