If you wake up with a sore jaw or a headache, you might be suffering from bruxism, where you grind your teeth at night, and which can lead to a range of dental problems if left unchecked. Fortunately, there is a simple solution that can protect your teeth and help you wake up feeling refreshed: night guards.

Night guards are custom-fitted dental devices that you wear over your teeth while you sleep. By cushioning the impact, night guards not only safeguard your teeth but also alleviate the strain on your jaw muscles and joints. While over-the-counter options are available, a night guard custom-fitted by our dentists offers unmatched comfort and effectiveness. A precise fit ensures that the guard stays in place throughout the night, providing optimal protection without causing any discomfort or inconvenience. During your appointment at Opelika Dental Arts, our dentists will take impressions of your teeth, which will then be used to create a night guard tailored specifically to your dental structure.

Night guards do more than just protect your teeth; they offer several additional benefits. By preventing teeth grinding, they can significantly reduce the risk of tooth wear and fractures, preserving your natural tooth structure. Furthermore, alleviating the pressure on your jaw can prevent or reduce symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), a condition that can cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles.

To ensure your night guard continues to serve you well, proper care is essential. Rinse it with cold water or mouthwash after each use and let it dry completely before storing it in its case. Avoid exposing it to heat to prevent warping.

If you are experiencing symptoms of teeth grinding, a custom-fitted night guard in Opelika, Alabama, might be the solution you need. It is a simple yet effective way to protect your teeth, alleviate jaw strain and improve your overall oral health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. James Tatum or Dr. James Ashcraft by calling 334-745-3135 to find out if a night guard is right for you. Together, we can take a proactive step towards preserving your beautiful smile for years to come.