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When most of our family and friend hear “mouth guard,” they think of the kind of mouth guards they wore during sports. Dental mouth guards have a more detailed purpose, and they’re slightly more complex than the boil-and-chomp kind. One kind of dental mouth guard is the night guard, which can stop nighttime teeth grinding and subsequently thwart morning headaches and fractured or chipped chompers.

So how exactly do night guards function? By separating your top and bottom layers of chompers, they bring teeth grinding to a halt. However, night guards thwart the effects of teeth grinding, but they normally don’t stop the habit; don’t worry, that’s what the guard is designed for. If you sense that there is momentous damage to the night guard after using it for more than two to three months, you may need to call us about replacing it.

Have you noticed any headaches, earaches, or jaw uneasiness? Do you feel like you clench your chompers at night? If so, you may need to see us about teeth grinding and night guards. Teeth grinding is a serious disorder, and it can cause major damage to your teeth if you don’t treat it hastily. We’ll provide you with a night guard to avert the weakening from growing, and we can fix any weakening that has already been caused.

If you’d like to set up a checkup with Dr. Brent Hawkins and the team at Hawkins Dental Group in Amarillo, Texas, please call 806-353-4361 now.