Dental Night Guards To Protect Your Teeth in Lakeview & North Shore

Teeth Grinding & Night Guards

Protect Your Teeth with a Night Guard



Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding does not usually cause harm, but grinding regularly can cause teeth to become damaged. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake or clench or grind them during sleep. Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until symptoms begin to develop, it is important to understand the signs of it and seek out dental care. 

One of the primary ways that teeth grinding is combated is through teeth grinding guards. Smile On Dental Salon and Sleep Apnea Center is your Lakeview and North Shore source for grinding treatment and dental guard selection. 

  • Signs of Teeth Grinding During Sleep

Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth, unless their partner informs them of it. However, a dull, constant headache or a sore jaw when you wake up is a likely sign of grinding. Here are some additional signs of bruxism:

  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped, or loose
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
  • Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Jaw, neck, or face pain 
  • Sleep disruption
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Pain that feels like an earache, though it’s not an ear issue
  • What is a Dental Guard?

The primary way that our Lakeview and North Shore dentists will treat nighttime grinding is through a dental guard. Our dentists will fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep. Dental guards can also help to reduce snoring and relieve obstructive sleep apnea. To protect against grinding during sleep, dental guards can keep your top and bottom teeth separated so that they don’t damage each other from the pressure of grinding or clenching. 

  • Why You Need a Dental Guard to Protect Your Teeth

If left untreated, grinding during sleep can lead to further complications. If you neglect to get a dental guard, serious bruxism can lead to:

  • Tension-type headaches
  • Damage to your teeth, restorations, crowns, or jaw
  • Severe facial or jaw pain
  • Disorders that occur in the TMJs, located in front of your ears, may sound like clicking when you open and close your mouth. 
  • How to Choose the Best Dental Guard for You

Dental guards are not a one size fits all solution to grinding. There are three types of mouthguards:

  • Stock mouth protectors: Often low-quality dental guards that are not fitted to your mouth. They are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little to no protection.
  • Custom-fitted mouth protectors: Individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory. First, our dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is molded over the model using a special material. Custom-made mouthguards provide the most protection and comfort. 
  • Get in Touch

If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth and require a custom dental guard, contact our dentist at either 773-525-5545 (Lakeview) or 224-282-8938 (North Shore).

Protect Your Teeth with a Night Guard



Ever have someone tell you that they heard you grinding your teeth? Maybe your significant other can hear it while you are sleeping? Or perhaps you’ve woken up with headaches, tooth sensitivity, jaw discomfort or even tint cracks or chips in your teeth? If so, it’s time for a night guard.

Prevent Tooth Damage



Studies show that dental night guards can protect teeth and prevent tooth wear. They do so by acting as a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, absorbing a majority of the force being applied when you are grinding and clenching your teeth. A large portion of the population experience some form of grinding and clenching—especially while asleep—and most people with bruxism (tooth grinding and clenching) don’t exhibit any immediate symptoms. However, patients who do grind their teeth show wear on their teeth and gum line that indicates the problem, often before they become symptomatic.

Find out how you can better protect your teeth at night with a custom fabricated night guard. Schedule an appointment today at Smile On, 773-525-5545.

Prevent Tooth Damage



Studies show that dental night guards can protect teeth and prevent tooth wear. They do so by acting as a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, absorbing a majority of the force being applied when you are grinding and clenching your teeth. A large portion of the population experience some form of grinding and clenching—especially while asleep—and most people with bruxism (tooth grinding and clenching) don’t exhibit any immediate symptoms. However, patients who do grind their teeth show wear on their teeth and gum line that indicates the problem, often before they become symptomatic.

Find out how you can better protect your teeth at night with a custom fabricated night guard. Schedule an appointment today at Smile On, 773-525-5545.

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