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Night Guard

Vanguard and Achury Dental

General Dentistry located in Garden City, NY & Jackson Heights, NY

Nighttime teeth grinding can cause significant damage to your teeth, but a custom night guard can help. At Vanguard and Achury Dental, night guards are part of a comprehensive care package for teeth grinding. Camilo Achury, DDS, and Diva Puerta, DDS, have helped many men and women in New York City find lasting relief. If you have questions about how a night guard might fit into your dental health routine, call either office in Garden City, Long Island, or Jackson Heights, Queens, or schedule an appointment online today.

Night Guard Q & A

How do I know if I grind my teeth at night?

Teeth grinding is a common condition also referred to as bruxism. While most men and women who grind their teeth do so while they’re asleep, some clench or grind their teeth even during their waking hours. 

If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, here are some signs to look for:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Notches or indentations along your gum line
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain in or near the jaw

Very often, your sleep partner will notice you’re grinding your teeth long before you do. The habit creates a distinctive sound that can be disruptive to your partner’s sleep patterns. 

What causes teeth grinding?

Researchers are not aware of the exact cause of teeth grinding, but there are several causal factors that can contribute to the condition. These include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Tooth position
  • Jaw posture
  • Trauma
  • Emotional stress
  • Developmental issues
  • Repetitive strain

Teeth grinding can come and go, or can be linked to a particularly stressful time in your life. Left untreated, bruxism can become a chronic problem. 

Finding relief is an important part of preserving a healthy smile, as teeth grinding puts a great deal of strain on your teeth. 

What can be done to treat teeth grinding?

One of the most effective treatments is a custom night guard, which is also called a dental splint. This dental device is crafted to fit your unique dentition and is worn at night to prevent you from grinding your teeth together. 

Today’s options are less bulky and far more comfortable than the night guards available just a few years ago.  It might take a week or so to adapt to wearing your night guard, but soon, it will become part of your nightly routine. 

You should avoid eating or drinking after your night guard is in place, but you should be able to speak normally even while wearing your guard. 

A dental splint also protects your teeth from abnormal contact during teeth grinding. While a night guard provides a protective barrier between upper and lower teeth, a splint alters the position of your jaw to change your bite pattern. 

To learn more about how a night guard or dental splint can help address teeth grinding, book an appointment at your earliest convenience. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff.