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Dentltown Magazine Feature October 2014 Dentist Slave Lake
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If you wake up in the morning with a headache, sore jaw or painful teeth, you may need a Night guard.  These symptoms are commonly caused by grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep.


A night guard, also known as a mouth guard, is a plastic appliance that is made to specifically fit your teeth. It is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums.  It is called a night guard as it is generally only worn at night while you sleep. Teeth grinding or clenching, also known as Bruxism, is a common problem for millions of people.

How Does A Night Guard Help?

Night guards prevent you from grinding your lower and upper teeth surfaces against each other by creating a cushion between the teeth that absorbs the force of the grinding. The great news is that Slave Lake Dental can help you get a peaceful nights sleep with the use of a night guard. We custom create these oral appliances here in our office in our state of the art lab. Night guards are custom created for each patient to ensure a good fit. We can even create your guard based on the amount of grinding you have such as light, moderate or heavy grinding.

How To Tell If You Grind Your Teeth

Clenching and grinding your teeth wears down enamel, damages dental fillings and can cause overall damage to your teeth. It could be caused by a variety of factors including anxiety, stress or because it is a habit. Here are some signs and symptoms caused by grinding your teeth:

  • Grinding sounds at night

  • Migraines or frequent headaches

  • Facial pain and swelling

  • Pain in your jaw muscles

  • Frequent jaw muscle contractions

  • Soreness in neck muscles

  • Stiff neck

  • Inability to move your jaw

  • Tooth sensitivity

  • Pain in the areas around your ears

  • Sometimes dizziness and impaired hearing or ringing

  • Your teeth appear worn down or flattened

  • Loose or broken teeth

  • Your jaws are clenched when you wake

Regardless of the reason why it occurs, it can  lead to many problems over time. This could may also lead to Temporo Mandibular Disorder (TMD) and teeth sensitivity.

How To Care For Your Night Guard

Do you own a night guard from your Dentist already and want to learn how to take care of it properly? 


Click here to see our Care Instructions

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