Do you wake up with headaches, or teeth or jaw pain? If so, you should visit our San Antonio, TX dental office for an examination. You may be in need of night guard. We can provide you with one designed to improve your oral health and even your quality of sleep. To learn more, call (210) 255-2596 and schedule an appointment with our dental office. At Preferred Dental Center, we provide superior level care and will use the latest in dental technology to ensure your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. Fitting patients with a night guard is often part of that process.
These small pieces of plastic are designed to fit securely around your teeth. They are actually quite small and can fit in the palm of your hand. Typically, they are made of clear plastic, so they will not stand out when you wear them. This is excellent news for those who are self-conscious about appearance but want to save their teeth. To see what one looks like, visit our San Antonio dentist office.
If you are grinding your teeth at night – yes, you do. At Preferred Dental Center, we believe in the value of preventative care, and night guards are one of the ways we can prevent you from damaging your teeth. Since you only get one set of permanent teeth, allowing them to be ground down is unwise. The discomfort you will suffer and the cost you will incur to repair your teeth is simply not worth skipping out on this easy, preventative measure. We know that not all of our San Antonio, TX patients enjoy the idea of wearing a guard, and we will not recommend doing so unless we are certain that it will be useful in solving your problems.
The exact reason you need one will be determined during your dental exam. Typically, they are worn to:
Yes, we have a dental lab create custom nightguards that match your measurements and exact specifications. The material we use is durable, yet comfortable enough to wear at night, without interrupting your sleep.
There are oral appliances that are used to treat sleep apnea. This is different from a standard night guard. However, we can provide you with more information when you visit our dentist office.
If you take good care of your night guard, there is no reason that it should stop working. That is, if you buy one made of strong material. The type of guard that you can buy in the store is not designed to last forever and will typically give up after six months to a year. A dentist-made night guard can last for years, sometimes even decades. At Preferred Dental Center, we also recommend that you store it in a safe place. We will give you a hard case, and that is the ideal place to keep it. Most patients put their night guards in a case and keep it in their nightstand drawer. Out of the way, it is unlikely to get lost or taken by a child or pet. If you travel a lot, you may want to have two created so you can keep one at home and one in your carry-on bag.
Another way to keep your guard in good shape is to brush it regularly. Cleaning it is relatively easy. All you need to do is brush it with a soft toothbrush, toothpaste, and lukewarm water. This should remove the plaque that has built up on it. Additionally, you can try a special dental solution and soak it once per week. Be sure to dry it afterwards to prevent any bacteria buildup.
To learn more about night guards and how they can help you, call our San Antonio dental office to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at (210) 255-2596.
A bruxing appliance is a night guard that specializes in preventing the teeth from grinding against each other during sleep and helping the patient not damage the teeth further by clenching the jaw.
Bruxism is a condition that involves conscious and unconscious teeth grinding, or jaw clenching during the day and night.
A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Jaw/Facial muscle myalgia is a condition that causes pain in the muscles of the patient’s jaw, face and neck due to a decrease in the elastic property of the facial muscles.
An occlusal guard is a removable device that protects the teeth from trauma, grinding the teeth while asleep and other issues.
Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.