Night Gaurds

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    A night guard is a protective appliance you wear while you sleep to prevent teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism. Bruxism is an oral habit that can lead to serious oral health problems if left untreated. It can cause tooth damage, jaw pain, headaches, and even TMJ disorder. Fortunately, a night guard can protect your teeth from bruxism. 

    At Saumya Ram, DDS, we offer custom-fit night guards to our patients. Our dentist will first examine your mouth and take impressions of your teeth to create your custom night guard. The night guard will fit comfortably in your mouth and prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth at night. 

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    Types of Night Guards 

    Custom-Made Night Guards 

    Our dentist in Los Altos, CA, makes these night guards based on the molds of your teeth. They provide a precise fit, which enhances comfort and effectiveness. Custom night guards are typically the most expensive option but offer the best protection and durability. 

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    Over-the-counter (OTC) Night Guards 

    You can purchase These pre-made night guards without a prescription at drugstores or online. OTC night guards are less expensive than custom-made ones but may not provide an optimal fit, affecting comfort and effectiveness. 

    Hard Acrylic Night Guards 

    These rigid, custom-made night guards are primarily used for TMJ disorders and other complex dental issues. They are usually prescribed and fitted by a dentist. 

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    Soft Night Guards 

    Soft night guards are typically made of a pliable, cushioning material for patients with mild to moderate bruxism. They are more comfortable but less durable than hard acrylic night guards. 

    The Advantages of Using Night Guards 

    Protection Against Teeth Damage 

    Night guards in Los Altos, CA, provide a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing them from coming into direct contact. This protection helps to reduce the risk of dental damage, such as chipped teeth, worn enamel, and fractured dental restorations. 

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    Alleviation of Bruxism Symptoms 

    For individuals who grind or clench their teeth during sleep, night guards can help reduce the severity of bruxism symptoms. This includes alleviating jaw pain, facial muscle soreness, and headaches often associated with teeth grinding. 

    Prevention of Tooth Sensitivity 

    Over time, bruxism can lead to tooth sensitivity as the protective enamel wears down. Night guards act as a buffer, minimizing tooth sensitivity by preventing direct contact with other teeth. 

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    If you’re considering getting a night guard, visit Saumya Ram, DDS, at 826 Altos Oaks Dr Ste 1, Los Altos, CA 94024, or call (650) 941-6557. Our experienced dentist can help you decide if a night guard is right for you and what type of guard would be most effective.


    826 Altos Oaks Dr #1,
    Los Altos, CA 94024

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