Night Guards

Dental Smiles of Willow Glen offers a wide range of night guards to help protect your teeth from issues such as teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Let Dr. Raymond Lim help you find the right fit. 


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Our mouth guards and other prescription dental appliances can help.

If you grind your teeth—a condition also known as “bruxism”—you probably experience symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain and trouble sleeping. To help solve these issues, you might want to consider a night guard which is one of many dental appliances can help you.

For example, if you grind your teeth, a night guard can provide relief and prevent tooth damage. This is important because if your symptoms go untreated, you can face unnecessary problems down the road such as needed root canals and crowns.  If you believe you are suffering from bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), Dr. Raymond Lim, your San Jose night guard dentist, can help.

Night guard held by a woman 

What Is a Night Guard?
A night guard is a dental appliance that acts as a protective barrier for your teeth. This barrier can offer immediate protection and relieve you from symptoms of teeth grinding. Some people use over the counter night guards as a possible remedy. However, these night guards are not made of the same materials and not as good fitting as prescription night guards.

When you see  Dr. Lim, he may prescribe one of the following types of night guards:

Soft: The soft night guard is used for mild cases of bruxism. If you only grind your teeth on occasion, this minimally invasive dental appliance can provide enough protection to prevent symptoms.

Acrylic: An acrylic night guard is made of a rigid and durable hard plastic called acrylic. If you suffer from severe bruxism or TMJ, an acrylic night guard can offer better overall protection for your teeth.

Dual Laminate: A middle of the road solution can be found with a dual laminate night guard, which is soft on the inside of the night guard, but harder on the outside. This type of night guard is very comfortable and offers good protection.

Will a Night Guard Prevent TMJ?
One of the benefits of a night guard is that it can have an immediate and direct impact on the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. There are many symptoms of TMJ that can be helped with a night guard.

For example, you may experience clicking or popping noises in your jaw, have tender jaw muscles or experience facial pain while yawning. Our San Jose night guard dentist can help personalize a dental night guard that can help with many of the symptoms of TMJ, including:

Sleep: When you clench your jaw at night, you cause unnecessary stress on your teeth. This grinding can not only interrupt your sleep, but your loved ones’ as well.

Jaw Pain: If you routinely wake up with jaw pain after sleeping, then you might have TMJ. Fortunately, our San Jose night guard dentist can fit you with a mouth guard that can bring your jaw relief.

Headaches: Bruxism can cause tension to continually build up in your head. As a result, you might wake up with headaches. Fortunately, our San Jose night guard dentist can bring relief with a customized mouth guard.

Avoid Preventable Dental Procedures: TMJ causes tooth damage from excessive grinding and clenching. Since this is the case, if you prevent bruxism by utilizing a mouth guard, you can also help prevent future dental procedures, such as root canals.

Questions About Night Guards? Call Our San Jose Dentist Today.
Do you find yourself waking up with an aching jaw and/or headaches? Are you concerned that you may be damaging your teeth by clenching them? Have you noticed tension or symptoms of TMJ or bruxism?

You don’t need to experience this pain or tooth damage any longer. Please have an experienced and professional dentist examine you and offer options that can bring you relief. If you think you might be grinding your teeth, contact our San Jose night guard dentist, Dr. Raymond W. Lim.

We’re experienced in finding the right mouth guards for you.
At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, we’ve been helping our patients recover from bruxism, TMJ and other dental issues for over 30 years. We know how serious the side effects of grinding your teeth can be. When you suffer from these symptoms, they can have a direct and immediate impact on your life.

For this reason, we offer a variety of services in a family friendly atmosphere. We can work with your schedule if you need an evening or Saturday appointment. No matter your dental history or current circumstances, we can help restore your smile.

At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, we offer a full range of dental procedures that can help, no matter what your dental history is. To learn more, contact us online or call our San Jose, California dental office at (408) 978-1888. 

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Dr. Raymond Lim, DDS,
is pleased to serve the South Bay Area:

San Jose, CA
Milpitas, CA

Sunnyvale, CA
Mountain View, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Campbell, CA
Saratoga, CA
Los Gatos, CA

He also serves the neighborhoods of:

Willow Glen
Downtown San Jose
San Jose Japantown

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