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Night Guards, What you don’t know can hurt you!  “I believe night guards save my patients dollars and nightmares”  Dr. Dean said when asked about night guards.  “They help prevent future damage to the teeth.  The body locks down at night and so does your mouth.  It’s a protective way to keep from hurting yourself, like biting your tongue for example.  So everyone clinches whether they realize it or not.  A night time mouth guard can help protect you from hair line fractures in your teeth and prevent many other injuries to the tooth and bite.”

A night guard is a type of mouthguard that you wear while sleeping to prevent teeth grinding caused by the clenching of the jaw. This clenching & grinding is called bruxism by dentists, & if left untreated it can cause worn, cracked & damaged teeth that will need to be repaired or removed & replaced. If your dentist has told you that you have bruxism, a night guard is an important way to make sure you don’t do further damage to your teeth.

Signs that you may have bruxism & need to wear a night guard include a sore jaw, sore teeth & dull headaches. Your dentist may also be able to detect signs of bruxism by looking at patterns of wear on your teeth.

Night guards are available over-the-counter at the pharmacy or custom-made from your dentist. Store-bought night guards are often the boil-&-bite kind that requires you to heat up the new mouthguard & bit into it so it shapes to your bite. Custom night guards from your dentist are often much more precise & slimmer, & therefore more comfortable. So if comfort is a big concern of yours, you should get your night guard from us. This is the more expensive option; however, the money you spend on your night guard is very small in comparison to the restorative treatments you will need if your teeth grinding continues to damage your teeth.

If you think you may have teeth grinding, please speak with us about getting a night guard. We’d much rather help you prevent pain & damage to your smile than having to treat it!  Give us a call 865-539-1119

Dean Cosmetic Dentistry Is The Home of #Cerec -One Appointment Dental Crowns -Dr. Donnie Dean is a Cerec Mentor and Trainer – teaching other dentist on this incredible technology – Cerec Dental Crowns…. For an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most life like dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist. Want the latest technology? We have it @ Dean Cosmetic Dentistry – www.deancosmeticdentistry.com 865-539-1119