Why You May Need a Custom Night Guard

As the best family dentist in O’Fallon, Dr. Sarah Thompson is equally as passionate about protecting your smile as she is about restoring it. She believes that your teeth need more than just fillings and crowns.

That’s why we’re proud to offer custom-fitted professional night guards right here at Dream Dentist.

Could you use a night guard? Here are some things to think about:

Bruxism Habits

An unconscious habit of clenching or grinding your teeth is known as bruxism. This usually happens while your asleep. How do you know you have this problem?

You may not be aware you do it, but your sleeping partner might report the noise of your teeth being clenched together. Dr. Thompson can also let you know whether your teeth are suffering from bruxism. No, she doesn’t watch you sleep, but she’s familiar with the signs left on your smile by clenching and grinding.

You can also check for these signs yourself:

  • Worn or flat-looking teeth
  • Sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • TMJ stress
  • Broken restorations
  • Small fractures or chips in your teeth

Protect Your Investment

A professional-grade mouth guard worn at night is designed to cushion your bite. It prevents your teeth from closing all the way together. The benefit of having a night guard made in the dental office is that it will be far more comfortable than anything you can find in a drugstore. Comfort equals compliance! If your appliance fits right, you’ll be more inclined to wear it.

Contact our team today to plan a smile consultation if you suspect that your teeth may benefit from the protection of a professional dental night guard.