Night Guards for Teeth Grinding

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Custom-fitted night guards to protect teeth from nighttime grinding (bruxism).

Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of teeth. It’s a fairly common habit with about 1 in 3 exhibiting the behavior, yet most don’t even realize they’re affected. Many times it occurs while sleeping at night, usually due to elevated stress or anxiety.

Grinding at night is especially destructive for teeth. Researchers estimate we can exert as much as ten times the force of normal eating, such as when chewing a steak. If left unchecked, bruxism will eventually wear down enamel until the chewing surfaces of teeth appear flat and become sensitive as dentin (the interior tooth structure) is exposed. Teeth in this condition will also be more prone to chips, cracks and decay.

Part of every check-up involves looking for physical signs of wear from clenching or grinding, and we may observe your condition over several visits to monitor the severity. If you’re aware of a nightly grinding habit, just let us know and we can fit you with a special mouthguard, or night guard.

Our custom-fitted acrylic night guards are very effective at preventing further damage. We take an impression so the fit of the guard is very precise, and the material is very thin and comfortable to wear at night. For a consultation on bruxism and night guards, call our office today at (510) 233-4470.

Night Guard Features and Benefits

  • Protects teeth from nightly tooth grinding
  • Relieves jaw/muscle pain due to grinding
  • Custom-fit to stay in place throughout the night
  • Ultra-thin design is comfortable to wear

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.