DiRenzo Family Dentistry
Dentists located in Purcellville, VA
The doctors at DiRenzo Family Dentistry might recommend a nightguard if you frequently wake up with a sore jaw or tooth pain. These symptoms may be signs that you’re grinding your teeth as you sleep, a condition known as bruxism. Dr. Gregory DiRenzo and Dr. Nicholas Bett help design a custom appliance for you to protect your teeth as you sleep. If you’re in the area of Purcellville, Virginia, call the office today to find out more or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.
Night Guards Q & A
What are Night Guards?
Custom-designed night guards are made of flexible plastic. They’re molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Compared to the inexpensive ones you purchase without a prescription at most pharmacies, a custom fit night guard is more durable, higher quality, and fit your mouth alone.
How Does a Night Guard Help?
A night guard covers the top teeth with a flexible plastic and prevents damage to the tooth enamel from clenching and grinding. You may not be aware that you’re doing these behaviors, but Dr. DiRenzo or Dr. Bett may notice unusual wear areas on your teeth. If you often wake up with a headache or sore jaw, it’s another sign that a mouth guard could help.
How Does a Night Guard Help with Grinding or Clenching?
A night guard protects the surfaces of your teeth as you sleep. It discourages you from grinding, which can cause chips and cracks in the surfaces. Chips and cracks damage your teeth’s appearance. They can also lead to premature wear and tear and leave crevices in which bacteria can develop into decay.
What are the Signs of Nighttime Clenching and Grinding?
Bruxism is the clinical name for clenching and grinding your teeth as you sleep. It’s unconscious, so look for telltale signs and symptoms, including:
- Grinding sounds at night
- Tight and painful jaw muscles
- Swelling on the side of your lower jaw
- Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscle
- Pain in the face that lasts a long time
- Headaches after waking up
How is a Night Guard Fitted?
If you decide a nightguard is right for you, Dr. DiRenzo or Dr. Bett takes an impression of your teeth. They send this impression to a lab, where a custom fit guard is modeled out of the plastic. You get to choose the color and style of your guard, too.
How Do I Care for a Night Guard?
To keep your night guard lasting for 3-10 years, care for it properly. Rinse it thoroughly after each use and clean it occasionally with a toothbrush and mouth rinse. Store it in a perforated container when not in use and for travel; the staff at DiRenzo Family Dentistry should provide you with this case.