Night guards have many names. They are also called mouthguards, occlusal guards, dental guards, bite splints, or nocturnal bite plates. It is a dental appliance that is often recommended for several oral health issues, the most common being if you are suffering with TMJ/TMD or Bruxism, teeth grinding.
Night Guards at Padron Dental in Rockford
Night guards have many names. They are also called mouthguards, occlusal guards, dental guards, bite splints, or nocturnal bite plates. It is a dental appliance that is often recommended for several oral health issues, the most common being if you are suffering with TMJ/TMD or Bruxism, teeth grinding. Night guards are usually made from soft or hard plastic in a dental office or dental laboratory and should be custom designed for your unique bite. It is a protective device for your mouth that covers your teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, gums, arches, and lips.
The entire team at Padron Dental enjoy helping people in a field where they can apply knowledge, art, science, and beauty. Padron Dental specializes in prosthodontics, which is the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structure. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. We offer you comprehensive dental care in the convenience of one location utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic, preventative, restorative, and implant dentistry. Call us today at 815-397-3820 to schedule your appointment to evaluate whether you might benefit from a custom night guard. We are conveniently located at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107.
A night guard is an effective treatment for preventing damage to your teeth, jaw, and overall oral health. If you experience common symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD or Bruxism such as headaches, chronic jaw pain, and a general feeling of restlessness caused by disrupted sleep, then Padron Dental may recommend a night guard for you to correct those symptoms.
The Different Versions of Night Guards
- Soft Night Guard- The most common type of night guard is used for mild and occasional cases of Bruxism, but not if you are a severe teeth grinder. They are the most comfortable fit of all night guards, the most adaptable, the easiest to get used to, and lower in cost. This type will not be as durable and is not a long-term solution.
- Dual Laminate Night Guards- This type of a night guard for Bruxism is if you are a moderately severe teeth grinder. They are soft on the inside and harder on the outside. They will control heavy clenching and grinding, last longer and offer a longer warranty. These are also thicker and harder to get used to.
- Hard Night Guards- Hard night guards are made from acrylic and are both quite rigid and exceptionally durable. They are used for severe cases of grinding, as well as TMJ. These are the most durable, they will prevent your teeth from shifting and offer the longest warranty. This version is made from an accurate dental impression, are the thickest and can also be the most uncomfortable.
Proper Fitting For your Night Guard is Crucial
Personalizing the fit for your night guard will vary depending on the type. You will get the best results if you visit Padron Dental to get your night guard properly. Here are some examples of night guards that are available:
- “One-size-fits-all”- These are over-the-counter night guards that will not be custom fitted. These will work only if you are a very occasional teeth grinder.
- “Boil and bite”- You boil it in water and then bite into it to leave your own impression. It is usually simple to do and is a common type.
- Order online- These are night guards you can order online. You need to send in your impression, and they mail back your fitted night guard.
- Custom Made- You can get custom fitted night guards directly at Padron Dental. These will always offer the most accurate fit because they are made with your impression in our lab.
If you believe you may suffer from Bruxism, do not worry. We can easily treat it with night guards. It is always best to see our team so we can discover the root cause first and address that before seeking other treatment. As an example, sleep apnea may be the underlying cause.
Dr. Adriana Padron
Dr. Adriana Padron was born in Venezuela, and is a fourth generation dentist from both sides of her family. Since she was a child, she always showed interest in dentistry and became one when she graduated first in her class from El Bosque University in Bogota, Colombia in 2006.
More Background On TMJ/TMD
TMJ/TMD are oral health ailments that can develop in your jaw and face that are identified with headaches, teeth grinding or pain in the jaw. If you leave these untreated, these ailments will result in serious damage with the surrounding teeth and your jawbone and can even have a negative impact on your hearing.
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects the temporal bones of your jaw to your skull and is responsible for your jaw being able to move both up and down and side to side. When this joint becomes injured or inflamed, symptoms might range from headaches, pain, numbness in the face, ringing in your ears, or a jaw that becomes locked or even difficult to open.
More Information on Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by the clenching, grinding, or gnashing of your teeth. Bruxism can happen while you are awake or during your sleep. Bruxism commonly has related issues such as sleep apnea or snoring.
The Proper Maintenance of your Night Guard
It is important to clean your night guard every morning. Before handling your guard, wash your hands. When your hands are clean, you rinse the guard and then brush the night guard using toothpaste and your toothbrush. After it is cleaned, place your guard on a clean surface and let it dry. When dry, store your night guard in a proper case and preferably not in the bathroom, where it can warp.
By following these proper practices, your night guard will last a long time. It is also important to realize that eventually your night guard will need to be replaced. Please always bring your night guard with you to Padron Dental for your appointments so we can inspect it for any significant signs of wear and to make sure that it continues to still fit properly.
Padron Dental Provides a Dental Experience that is Comfortable and Efficient
The team at Padron Dental will make your visit easy and comfortable. It is important to us at Padron Dental to provide each patient with the best dental experience possible. Therefore, we keep up to date on the latest dental technologies and techniques, to ensure that your night guard is not only effective, but comfortable as well. Whether you need a dental cleaning and exam or an advanced dental implant procedure, we provide you with compassion and expertise. We have brightened the lives and smiles of many patients. Let us brighten yours! You can find us at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. Or simply give us a call at 815-397-3820 to get your appointment scheduled.