Night Guard

Central Dental Care

Amrit S Basi, DMD

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Downtown Tracy, Tracy, CA

If you’re one of the 40 million adults who suffer from bruxism or one of the 10 million Americans that suffer from TMJ disorder, a night guard can help minimize the effects of your condition. To get your night guard, schedule a visit with Amrit Basi, DMD, and the team of dental professionals at Central Dental Care in Tracy, California. You can book your appointment with the easy-to-use online tool or by calling the friendly office staff.

Night Guard Q & A

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition where you habitually grind your teeth and clench your jaw. You might experience bruxism throughout the day (awake bruxism) or while you’re sleeping (sleep bruxism). Bruxism is thought to stem from a combination of genetic, psychological, and physical factors, but it’s not clear what exactly causes it. Awake bruxism, in particular, is typically associated with emotional conditions like frustration, anger, stress, and anxiety.

While most cases of bruxism are mild and don’t require treatment, many people experience significant damage to their oral health as a result of bruxism. When left untreated, bruxism can cause:

  • Damage to your tooth enamel, oral restorations, and jaw muscles
  • Issues with teeth alignment 
  • Tension headaches

Bruxism also frequently leads to TMJ disorder.

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder is a condition that affects the proper functioning of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your TMJ connects your lower jawbone to your skull, and you can feel it if you place your fingers right in front of your ears and open and close your mouth.

TMJ disorder can produce any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your jaw muscles or joint
  • Aching in and around your ear
  • Stiffness or tenderness in your jaw
  • A grating or clicking sound when you open and close your mouth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Inability to fully close or open your mouth

The severity of TMJ disorder can range from mild to debilitating. 

What is a night guard?

A night guard is a removable oral appliance that’s designed from an impression of your mouth, so it fits snugly over your teeth. It’s made from smooth plastic, so it sits comfortably in your mouth and provides a protective barrier between your teeth.

How does a night guard help with bruxism or TMJ disorder?

While night guards don’t make your bruxism or TMJ disorder entirely go away, they do minimize the harm caused by those conditions. The smooth plastic of your night guard is a less abrasive surface than your tooth enamel, so your teeth don’t suffer as much damage when they grind against one another. Night guards also cushion the muscles in your jaw and ease the tension created by clenching.

Don’t let your teeth and jaw suffer any longer than they have to. Get your night guard at Central Dental Care today by calling the office or scheduling a visit online.