A night guard is a type of mouthguard that you wear while sleeping to prevent teeth grinding caused by clenching of the jaw. This clenching & grinding is called bruxism by dentists, & if left untreated it can cause worn, cracked & damaged teeth that will need to be repaired or removed & replaced. If your dentist has told you that you have bruxism, a night guard is an important way to make sure you don’t do further damage to your teeth.
Signs that you may have bruxism & need to wear a night guard include a sore jaw, sore teeth & dull headaches. Your dentist may also be able to detect signs of bruxism by looking at patterns of wear on your teeth.
Night guards are available over-the-counter at the pharmacy or custom-made from your dentist. Store-bought night guards are often the boil-&-bite kind that require you to heat up the new mouthguard & bite into it so it shapes to your bite. Custom night guards from your dentist are often much more precise & slimmer, & therefore more comfortable. So if comfort is a big concern of yours, you should get your night guard from us. This is the more expensive option; however, the money you spend on your night guard is very small in comparison to the restorative treatments you will need if your teeth grinding continues to damage your teeth.
If you think you may have teeth grinding, please speak with us about getting a night guard. We’d much rather help you prevent pain & damage to your smile than have to treat it!
Jeremy Cardon, DMD
Dr. Jeremy Cardon earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University & his DMD from Temple University School of Dentistry. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry & the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine where he is working to achieve his fellowship & diplomate status, respectively. Jeremy prides himself in making comprehensive dental care comfortable & affordable. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, Kylene, & his children Sophie, Isaac & Jameson.
Jonathan Cardon, DMD
Dr. Jonathan Cardon was raised in Washington state & earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brigham Young University. He earned his DMD from Temple University School of Dentistry. He served in the US Air Force, completing a residency at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital. Dr. Jonathan & his wife, Sara, have four children, Lucy, Zach, Leah & Elizabeth.
Dr. Elizabeth Huggins
Dr. Elizabeth Huggins was born & raised in South Carolina. She attended Clemson University & graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. She then attended the Medical University of South Carolina, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. She loves the various aspects of general dentistry & enjoys working with all ages. Dr. Huggins is a member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association & the Metro Denver Dental Society. She & her husband Zack moved to Colorado because he is stationed at Buckley Air Force Base, & they couldn’t be happier to live in such a wonderful place! During their free time, they enjoy being outside & hiking with their two little girls, Corbett & Eden.