Night Guard - Long Island City, NY
Night guards protect against tooth wear
A night guard is an oral appliance that you wear at night to protect your teeth and your TMJ from further harm. Parafunctional night time habits such as teeth grinding and clenching can damage them. However, you can protect your teeth by getting a night guard in Long Island City with our caring dentists.
What we offer
Our preventive dentists at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental, can assist you in guarding your teeth from further damage by making a custom night guard for you to wear. It will be personalized to fit only your mouth and no one else.
Our dental office offers different types of mouth guards to wear at night.
Hard/Soft Night Guard
A hard soft mouth guard would have a hard exterior for enhanced durability. The interior would be soft to provide comfort for your teeth. The best of both world they say.
Hard Night Guard
A hard mouth guard is completely hard on the exterior AND interior. It is much more durable than the hard/soft night guard but it isn't as comfortable.
Signs that you may need a night guard
The obvious sign of needing a mouth guard is if you have worn down teeth that look chipped or damaged. That is an indication that you may be grinding your teeth at night.
Signs and symptoms of needing a nightguard:
Worn down teeth
Broken or missing fillings
Flat looking teeth
Worn through eneamel with dentin showing
Gum recession or exposed roots
Abfractions or notches in your teeth
Jaw soreness or tenderness in the morning
Your partner complains about grinding sounds at night
How we can help
It is a simple process to get a night guard with our long island city dentists at Jackson Ave Dental because it only takes one 15 min appointment.
However, you do have to come back a second time to pick up your new oral appliance. Then there is a chance you may need a follow up adjustment.
Prevents further tooth wear
May minimize grinding
Alleviates jaw pain
Reduces pressure on TMJ
Preserves your teeth
What to expect for procedure: 15 minutes
Take an impression of the upper teeth.
Take a mold of the lower teeth.
Get a bite registration to see how the teeth come together.f
Decide which type of guard you want, hard/soft or hard only?
Come back in a week to pick up your new oral appliance.
Post operative instructions:
You must wear the night guard as often as possible to protect your teeth. If you don't wear it, you won't be able to save them from further wear.
Our dentists can custom make one for you but we can't force you to wear it!
Caution: If you don't wear it every night or at least most nights, it may not fit later on if your teeth happen to drift or shift.
Night Guard Cost
We've seen night guards being covered at 50-80% for most of the dental insurances that we work with. It won't cost you an arm and leg so you should consider getting one to protect your teeth. It is significantly less expensive than having to get crowns on all of your teeth to restore them from severe wear.
Our dentists at Jackson Ave Dental do accept and are in network with most of the major PPO insurances. Visit our insurance page to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it stop you from grinding?
Unfortunately, wearing a night guard does not stop you from bruxism. Typically the reason you grind your teeth is because of stress.
However, what it will do is protect your teeth and preserve your smile by preventing the teeth from being worn down. You may also experience some jaw tension relief by wearing it.
Can I wear it every night?
Yes, it is recommended that you wear it each and every single night whenever possible. On the days that you don't wear it, you risk your teeth being chipped from the bruxing.