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WHY DO I NEED A CUSTOM NIGHTGUARD? WHAT PATIENTS NEED TO KNOW -ETHAN D. HARRIS DMD

My dentist says I need a nightguard.  Sound familiar? A custom fitted and adjusted hard nightguard is one of the most important investments patients can make in their oral health.  Custom fitted hard nightguards do much more than prevent teeth wear from grinding or clenching.  

THE MOST IMPORTANT BENEFITS OF A CUSTOM HARD NIGHTGUARD:

1)HARMONIZATION OF YOUR JAW AND JAW JOINT

2)PREVENTION OF GUM RECESSION

3)PREVENTION OF BONE LOSS

4)RELIEF OF MUSCLE TENSION AND HEADACHES

5)HARMONIZATION OF BITE (EQUAL AND EVEN PRESSURE ON EVERY TOOTH)

6)PROTECTION OF ENAMEL, COMPOSITE, AND PORCELAIN RESTORATIONS

Yes one appliance will do all of this!  

The Success of all of these benefits listed above is in both the design of the guard and THE DENTIST’S TRAINING AND ABILITY TO ADJUST THE GUARD CORRECTLY.  Not every dentist has the training or takes the required time to adjust the guard correctly, which is why many patients don’t wear them! Imagine you are getting a new crown or a new filling, your dentist will adjust your bite until it is correct right?  The guard must be adjusted the same way except on every tooth!  

-THE BITE MUST BE ADJUSTED ON A NEW NIGHTGUARD SO THAT EVERY TOOTH TOUCHES WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF PRESSURE.  

-THE GUARD MUST BE SLIM ENOUGH TO BE COMFORTABLE TO WEAR EVERY NIGHT

-THE BITE MUST BE ADJUSTED SO THAT YOUR CANINES DEFLECT PRESSURE FROM YOUR BACK TEETH WHEN YOU GRIND (This prevents all the muscles in the face, head, neck from over working which causes tension, muscle aches and even headaches.)

A properly adjusted, designed, and fitted custom hard nightguard will be comfortable to wear while sleeping like a high quality mattress or your favorite pillow.

SOFT RUBBER NIGHTGUARDS CAN NOT BE ADJUSTED IDEALLY AND WILL NOT PROVIDE ALL OF THE BENEFITS LISTED ABOVE

OVER THE COUNTER NIGHTGUARDS ARE NOT COMFORTABLE AND ALSO WILL NOT PROVIDE THESE BENEFITS

If your dentist notices damage to your teeth, gums, and bone, if you have invested in a new set of veneers or crowns, or if you have a history of crania facial pain – invest in a hard custom nightguard and insist that your dentist contours and adjusts this until it is comfortable to wear!

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