Night Guard Specialist

Foster Dental

Anthony H. Foster, DMD

General Dentistry located in Brooklyn, NY

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, in your sleep can prevent you from getting the rest you need to succeed at school or work. It can also severely damage your teeth over time. At Foster Dental in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Foster can fit you with comfortable night guards that separate your teeth while you sleep and prevent the harm of grinding and clenching. By just slipping them on at night, you can make bruxism a thing of the past. To learn more about how night guards can solve your teeth clenching nightmares, call or book a consultation online today.

Night Guard Q & A

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition better known as teeth grinding or clenching. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously grind or clench your teeth, often at night while you sleep.

Bruxism can lead to other sleep disorders, such as excessive snoring or sleep apnea. In mild cases, treatment may not be necessary. But if your bruxism is more, you need treatment to prevent complications like jaw disorders, headaches, and damage to your teeth.

How do I know if I have bruxism?

Since bruxism usually affects you while you sleep and you may not pick up on complications until they become serious, it’s important to know signs and symptoms, including:

  • Sleep disruption (being awakened by your own snoring)
  • Teeth grinding or clenching that wakes your sleeping partner
  • Unexplained flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth
  • Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Tight jaw muscles
  • Being unable to open or close your jaw fully
  • Jaw, neck, or face pain
  • Frequent headaches

How do night guards protect teeth against bruxism?

Night guards can be worn while you sleep to help counteract and treat your bruxism. They are specially designed to keep your teeth separated and prevent harm caused by grinding and clenching.

Dr. Foster assesses your condition by asking you questions about your symptoms and performing a thorough evaluation of your teeth, jaw, and any other body parts where you might be experiencing pain.

If Dr. Foster decides that a night guard is the best course of action for you, he has it custom-made using impressions of your mouth so they fit you comfortably and safely treat your bruxism. They are typically made of hard acrylic or soft materials and fit snugly over your upper or lower teeth.

What types of night guards are available?

Dr. Anthony Foster will help you determine which type of night guard is right for your specific dental needs. The night guards he offers at Foster Dental come from a variety of reputable brands, including:

  • Comfort H/S™
  • Crystal Clear®
  • NTI-tss Plus™
  • ThermoFit®

Dr. Foster monitors your progress through follow-up visits to make sure your condition improves once you begin using your custom-made night guard. If you suspect you’re suffering from bruxism and it’s disrupting your sleep or causing other symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online today.