If you regularly experience headaches or jaw or neck pain, consider a night guard. These custom oral appliances can reduce the risk of teeth grinding and jaw clenching, allowing you to get a more restful night’s sleep. At Grace Dental Design, general dentist Sandy Grace, DDS, and the team offer KeySplint Soft™ 3D-printed night guards from KeyPrint®. To make an appointment at the practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, call the office today or request one online.
A night guard is a removable oral appliance designed to protect your teeth. Specifically, night guards reduce damage to your tooth enamel from activities like teeth grinding or jaw clenching during sleep.
Dr. Grace and the team offer 3D-printed night guards from KeyPrint®. These cutting-edge appliances can minimize uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and jaw and neck pain while preserving your smile for years to come.
Anyone who grinds their teeth or clenches their jaw can benefit from a night guard. That’s especially true if you regularly wake up with a headache, a stiff neck, or a sore jaw.
A night guard pushes your lower jaw slightly forward, reducing tension on the muscles that control activities like biting and chewing.
Getting a night guard takes two appointments a week or two apart.
Before recommending a night guard, Dr. Grace conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms, including their severity and when they first started.
Afterward, she takes a series of X-rays to assess the alignment of your teeth and jaw. If Dr. Grace uncovers any enamel damage, she uses the iTero® intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your mouth. Digital impressions are quick, convenient, and entirely mess-free.
After gathering your impressions, Dr. Grace sends them to a dental laboratory. A team of technicians at the lab uses your impressions to design and manufacture a custom night guard that fits perfectly.
About a week later, when your night guard is ready, you return to the office. Dr. Grace and the team have you try it on and make adjustments as necessary.
At each check up, Dr. Grace monitors your wear patterns. If the night guard starts to wear down or experience damage, the team can make repairs or order a new one.
KeyPrint night guards are unique and offer a variety of benefits. They’re:
KeyPrint night guards are also easy to care for. With routine cleaning, they often last five years* or more.
To learn more about the benefits of a night guard, make an appointment at Grace Dental Design by calling the office or scheduling online today.