Night Guard Specialist

Lancaster Dental Group

General Dentistry located in Lancaster, CA

Many people grind their teeth while they sleep, but just because everybody’s doing it doesn’t mean it’s okay! If left untreated, teeth grinding can lead to a number of severe problems. At Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice, located in Lancaster, California, Mitchell Wechsler, DDS, and his compassionate team offer custom-made night guards to their patients as a means of easing the dental damage caused by nightly teeth grinding. To learn more about how Dr. Wechsler can help protect your teeth your from grinding, schedule an appointment today by using the simple online booking tool or calling the office.

Night Guard

What’s a night guard?

A night guard is a piece of plastic that you wear over your teeth while you sleep. It’s an excellent tool to help you protect yourself from the damage inflicted by nightly teeth grinding. Night guards are molded to perfectly fit the size and shape of your smile and are designed to be comfortable and nearly unnoticeable when you wear them.

Why do I need a night guard?

If you grind your teeth at night, you’re doing serious damage to your oral health. Teeth grinding can lead to:

  • Cracked and broken teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Shortened teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Gum recession
  • TMJ and damage to the bone structure of your jaw
  • Muscular pain in your jaw
  • Headaches
  • Changes in the appearance of your face

By keeping your bottom and top teeth separated from each other, a night guard protects your teeth and jaw from the destruction wrought by clenching and grinding, which can potentially save you a lot of time and money in other, more expensive corrective procedures down the line.

What are the advantages of a custom-made night guard?

Custom-made night guards like the ones that Dr. Wechsler makes for his patients can be more expensive than the generic or boil-and-bite mouthguards sold at pharmacies and sporting goods stores, but they carry a number of advantages for teeth grinders. And certain dental insurances actually cover the process of getting a night guard.

Dr. Wechsler designs your night guard to precisely hug every contour of your smile, making them much more comfortable than generic mouth guards, which aren’t designed for your particular mouth and can, therefore, be difficult to sleep with. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are made from materials that aren’t as strong as those of Dr. Wechsler’s nightguards, which means that they tend to break down after frequent use, especially for aggressive grinders.

What’s involved in getting a night guard?

Having a night guard made is a quick and easy process. Dr. Wechsler has you bite into a molding material that makes an exact impression of your teeth. He sends that impression off to a lab, where your night guard will be custom-designed in order to smoothly and seamlessly fit over your bite. You can begin using your night guard as soon as it’s made and shipped back to the office.

If you’re interested in having Dr. Wechsler design a nightguard to help with your teeth grinding, book an appointment today by calling the office or using the convenient online scheduling tool.