Night Guards

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentists located in Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, CA

Nighttime teeth grinding and clenching may seem like harmless habits, but they can do a lot of damage to your teeth and even lead to tooth loss over time. Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry offers custom night guards for patients in Valencia, California, and throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, using comfortable designs and durable materials to help protect your teeth while you sleep. The guards help reduce your risks for excessive tooth wear, cavities, tooth loss, and chronic headaches and jaw pain. Each night guard is custom-made for the most comfortable fit and the best protection. Call the office to learn more, or schedule an appointment online today.

Night Guards

What are night guards?

You wear night guards during your sleep to protect your teeth and jaws from damage caused by chronic teeth clenching and grinding. Over time, clenching and grinding your teeth can cause the tooth surfaces to wear down, making your teeth more susceptible to decay. Plus, clenching places extreme stress on your teeth and jaws, increasing the likelihood you’ll develop cracks in your teeth and experience chronic jaw pain and headaches.

Custom night guards from Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry conform to the shape of your mouth so they’re very comfortable, and they provide a cushion of protection to prevent tooth damage and other symptoms.

What problems are associated with grinding and clenching habits?

Untreated teeth clenching and grinding cause an array of problems, including:

  • Worn enamel, leading to increased risks of decay and tooth sensitivity
  • Fissures or cracks in the teeth that can cause decay and breakage
  • Chips in teeth
  • Loose fillings, veneers, or crowns
  • Weakened tooth roots, leading to tooth loss
  • Chronic jaw pain and headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder, a chronic condition associated with jaw dysfunction

Some studies have shown that clenching and grinding can contribute to gum recession, which increases your risks for gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

Are night guards the same as athletic guards? Are they interchangeable?

No, night guards and athletic or sports guards are different devices with different purposes. An athletic guard is made to be worn only while you’re participating in your sport, and it provides protection from impact-related injuries to your teeth, jaws, and mouth. Night guards are made to be worn for longer periods, and they’re designed to provide cushioning to the surfaces of teeth where they meet. You should wear both guards only for their intended purposes.

How are night guards made?

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry customizes night guards on an individual basis to ensure they’re both comfortable and effective for you. Treatment begins with a fitting that includes a careful evaluation of your teeth and jaw function. The staff takes measurements and impressions of your teeth and sends them to a dental lab that specializes in night guard fabrication. Once your night guards are ready, you’ll come to the office for a final adjustment to ensure they’re very comfortable.