Dreamgard®


The process is very unique for a custom night guard from Lawton C. E. Wong, DDS, Inc.

Lawton C. E. Wong, DDS, Inc. takes a Cerec Scan of the mouth and electronically sends it to a lab many thousands of miles away. In seconds, Lawton C. E. Wong, DDS, Inc. gets the digital scan. Unlike a yucky mouth full of impression material going into the patient's mouth, Lawton C. E. Wong, DDS, Inc. creates an electronic impression using beams of light hitting the patient's teeth.

Digital impressions scans are pleasant in comparison.

Usually, physical impressions are poured up into a model by which the lab can make the night guard. The lab thousands of miles away, does not have a physical impression in their computer. What you see in Example 1 and Example 2 below are the models created by the electronic scan. These models are "printed" by a 3-D printer.

 

Example 1 Example 2

Electronic scans are extremely accurate. What you see in below is a perfect fit of the night guard in the patient's mouth.

A Perfect Fit.


With our electronic scan, we can also create crowns, bridges, orthodontic appliances, implant surgical guides, and dentures. This is an amazing technology, and we are fortunate to have it in our office.

Over 60 million Americans grind their teeth at night. Are you one of them?


What is Sleep Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)?

Sleep bruxism (teeth grinding) is a stress-related sleep disorder that manifests itself in teeth grinding and jaw clenching while sleeping. It’s the body’s natural response to releasing excess stress while we sleep. While stress relief sounds healthy in theory, in reality bruxism can result in a variety of dental and medical issues, including moderate to severe tooth wear and damage, tooth, jaw, facial and neck pain, headaches and sleep disruption.

Sleep bruxism is very common, and occurs in approximately 80% of all adults at some point in their lives. It is estimated that 60 million people in the U.S. grind their teeth and experience symptoms severe enough to require treatment. When diagnosed early, teeth grinding can be treated before it causes permanent damage.

There are no medications available to treat sleep bruxism. The most common treatment is the use of a nightguard, a dental product that protects the teeth and reduces muscle strain. However, most nightguards are bulky, don’t fit well and are uncomfortable.

Who's at risk?

Bruxism is common in both children and adults. It affects roughly 1 in 5 adults to a degree severe enough to require treatment. There has been no significant difference found between bruxism for men and women.  All adults and children ages 12 and older are potential candidates for Dreamgard nightguards.

What's the Cause?

People tend to grind their teeth for several different reasons. The primary reason that people grind their teeth is due to stress, anxiety or tension. Bruxism can also arise from misalignment of the teeth (often caused by poorly fitted crowns or fillings), certain food allergies, alcohol consumption, use of stimulants (caffeine, etc.) and certain prescription medications such as antidepressants. Bruxism can also be the result of complications from other disorders such as Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

Signs and Symptoms

If any of these signs and symptoms are affecting you please consult your dentist.
 
Healthy Teeth
  • Teeth that are worn, flattened, fractured or chipped
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Teeth grinding loud enough to be heard
  • Jaw pain and jaw muscle tightness (TMJ syndrome)
  • Facial pain and earaches
  • Headaches and neck stiffness
  • Chewing on inside of your cheeks
  • Loose or moving teeth
  • Frequent sleep disruption
Moderate Damage
Severe Damage

Treatments

The first and most important step in the treatment of bruxism is to be disciplined about wearing a custom dental nightguard to protect your teeth. One thing is for certain, once you damage your teeth, they do not heal themselves. Damaged teeth must be repaired or replaced, which is a very expensive and painful process. While often times wearing a nightguard provides significant relief, it is also known that using other complimentary practices can be helpful in achieving the best outcome.

Why a new nightguard company?


There are more then 60 million Americans who grind their teeth at night (bruxism) and fewer than 20% find treatment. This creates a significant market gap of sufferers not finding a solution and in the price/effectiveness disparity of existing products. Using a patient driven design, Dreamgard has created an innovative custom nightguard that sets a new standard of care and treatment for sufferers and dentists.