Night Guards

Family 1st Dental in Aurora, Colorado is your next stop for any and all dental and orthodontic needs. Dr. David Gryzick, massive Syracuse fan and outstanding dentist, is waiting to meet you. Family 1st offers a plethora of services, including night guard provision.

What is a Night Guard?

A night guard is typically a plastic device that’s worn at night to prevent jaw clenching or teeth grinding. It’s a piece of plastic that conforms to your individual teeth and is worn over them like a retainer. Night guards can be worn on one or both jaws, depending on the wearer’s needs. Materials are usually different types of durable plastic. Night guards can and should be cleaned with lukewarm water and soap.

Who Uses Night Guards?

People of all ages use night guards for protection against wear and tear from teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Unfortunately, the issue is fairly universal. Thanks to custom night guards, you can sleep comfortably knowing that you’ll wake up without pain from clenching.

How Do They Work?

Night guards help to relax jaws, reducing muscle tension, contraction, and spasms. For people who wake up consistently with headaches from teeth grinding, night guards ease tension and eliminate muscle aches altogether. Alignment is improved by the way the night guard holds teeth in place; jaws fit together and stay like that for the remainder of the night. Traction between teeth is reduced or eliminated, meaning they can’t lock up. You can measure the amount of teeth grinding you do by looking at your night guard and measuring the wear on certain teeth. You’ll even be able to discern where you hold most of the tension in your mouth. Not only is the jaw relaxed by wearing the guard, but the physical teeth enamel is protected. Teeth rub against smooth plastic instead of against each other. Think of it like an arthritic joint. Instead of bones rubbing together to cause pain, the guard simulates cartilage between the bones. Over time, teeth have a chance to strengthen due to significantly reduced wear and tear.

Other Services Offered

Dr. Gryzick also offers:

  • Dental Cleanings
  • Crown and Bridge Services
  • Fillings and Sealants
  • IV Sedation
  • Tooth Bonding

…and more.

About Dr. Gryzick

Dr. Gryzick earned his DDS from the University of Buffalo in 1994. He practiced at Muhlenberg Hospital and went on to do a fellowship at the University of Nebraska. He is certified in Moderate IV Sedation and is among top rated doctors and dentists. Dr. Gryzick has even received an award for Delta Dental Outstanding Achievement.

Contact Us

Give us a call today at 303-569-4293 or visit our website today. Our friendly staff would love to answer any questions you might have. Talk to you soon!