Do you wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain? Clenching and grinding your teeth can be the cause of your symptoms. You may benefit from a night guard. Grinding your teeth can cause flattening of the teeth, temperature sensitivity and cracks in your teeth. It can also be the cause of everything from migraine headaches to pain in your shoulder, neck, back and ears.
A night guard is designed to protect your teeth from chipping or cracking and straining of your jaw muscles. A custom fit guard is best. Generic or Over the Counter guards are often too thick and bulky causing discomfort, difficulty speaking or breathing. They can also damage how your teeth line up if not properly fit to your mouth. Custom guards are higher quality and fit better.
Our office offers 2 types of night guards
Hard Acrylic Guard, which can be worn during the day and/or night without effecting speaking or breathing. This is a great option for patients that clench and grind throughout the day also.
Soft Acrylic Guard, this option is a good choice for patients that suffer from light grinding and clenching at night. If you have previously worn a hard guard and it wasn’t for you this is a great option.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms call our office Delite Dental in Summerville, SC 843-486-2022 for a consultation with Dr. Lee or Dr. Kim to have a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth and bite and to best determine the style of guard that is best for you.