Bruxism, which is another name for teeth grinding, is a dangerous habit that can crack, break, and wear down your teeth. This can be very dangerous for your smile. This is why our dentist, Dr. Peter D Kim, recommends protecting the smile with a night guard while you sleep so you can keep your teeth and jaw in tip-top shape while you work on eliminating the problem.
Typically, the night guard is made in a dental lab and is created to fit perfectly in your mouth. The creation process will begin with your dentist making a mold of your teeth and sending it to a dental lab. There, technicians will create a guard that will fit comfortably and tightly over your arch of teeth. This can absorb the clenching and grinding forces your teeth experience regularly. If you can’t purchase a night guard at our office, you can purchase a mouthguard at your local sporting goods store. This appliance might not fit properly in your mouth and it might feel a bit bulky, but it can protect the smile. These appliances can help you prevent cracked, broken, and worn-down teeth, but they cannot treat bruxism or the TMJ disorder.
Call Truxtun Family Dentistry today at 661-327-7497 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about night guards in Bakersfield, California. Our dental team is happy to give you the answers and help you’re looking for, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!