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At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we understand the importance of a good night's sleep and a healthy smile. Nightguards, also known as occlusal splints, are valuable dental appliances designed to alleviate the effects of teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism. In this brief guide, we'll explore what nightguards are, why they are essential, and how they can help you achieve both better sleep and dental health.

What Are Nightguards? Nightguards are custom-made dental appliances that fit comfortably over your teeth, creating a protective barrier between your upper and lower jaws. They are specifically designed to be worn during sleep to prevent the harmful effects of bruxism, a condition where individuals unconsciously grind or clench their teeth during the night.


Why Are Nightguards Essential? Bruxism can lead to a range of dental and health issues, making nightguards essential for several reasons:

  1. Protect Your Teeth: Nightguards prevent the excessive wear and damage that bruxism can cause to your teeth, preserving your natural smile.

  2. Alleviate Jaw Discomfort: Bruxism often results in jaw pain, headaches, and facial discomfort. Nightguards can reduce these symptoms by preventing the excessive forces created by grinding and clenching.

  3. Prevent Sleep Disturbances: Teeth grinding can disrupt your sleep, leading to fatigue and decreased overall well-being. Nightguards can help you and your partner enjoy a more restful night's sleep.

  4. Maintain Dental Work: For individuals with dental restorations, such as crowns or veneers, nightguards protect these investments from damage caused by bruxism.


The Benefits of Nightguards:

  • Custom-Fit Comfort: Nightguards are individually crafted to fit your teeth snugly, ensuring comfort and effectiveness.

  • Improved Sleep Quality: By reducing teeth-grinding noises and preventing sleep disruptions, nightguards promote better sleep.

  • Reduced Pain and Discomfort: Nightguards alleviate jaw pain, headaches, and facial discomfort associated with bruxism.

  • Preserved Smile: They protect your teeth from unnecessary wear and tear, helping you maintain a beautiful smile.


Caring for Your Nightguard: Proper maintenance ensures the longevity of your nightguard:

  • Rinse it with cold water before and after each use.

  • Clean it regularly with a toothbrush and mild soap.

  • Store it in a well-ventilated container to prevent bacteria growth.

  • Bring it to your dental check-ups for inspection and adjustments.


Your Smile, Your Well-Being: Nightguards not only protect your teeth but also contribute to your overall health and quality of life. They are a valuable investment in your dental health and well-being.


Get Your Custom Nightguard: If you suspect you have bruxism or have been experiencing symptoms such as jaw pain or tooth sensitivity, please contact us. We can discuss your specific needs and provide you with a custom nightguard to ensure you enjoy both better sleep and a healthier smile.

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