A night guard, also known as a mouth guard, is a plastic appliance that is made to specifically fit your teeth. It is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. It is called a night guard as it is generally only worn at night while you sleep. Teeth grinding or clenching, also known as Bruxism, is a common problem for millions of people.
How will I know if I grind my teeth?
- Grinding sounds at night
- Migraines or frequent headaches
- Facial pain and swelling
- Pain in your jaw muscles
- Frequent jaw muscle contractions
- Soreness in neck muscles
- Stiff neck
- Inability to move your jaw
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain in the areas around your ears
- Sometimes dizziness and impaired hearing or ringing
- Your teeth appear worn down or flattened
- Loose or broken teeth
- Your jaws are clenched when you wake
It could be caused by a variety of factors including anxiety, stress or because it is a habit. Regardless of the reason why it occurs, it can lead to many problems over time. Clenching and grinding your teeth wears down enamel, damages dental fillings and can cause overall damage to your teeth. This could may also lead to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) and teeth sensitivity.
How does a night guard help?
Night guards prevent you from grinding your lower and upper teeth surfaces against each other by creating a cushion between the teeth that absorbs the force of the grinding. The great news is that Slave Lake Dental can help you get a peaceful nights sleep with the use of a night guard. We custom create these oral appliances here in our office in our state of the art lab. Night guards are custom created for each patient to ensure a good fit. We can even create your guard based on the amount of grinding you have such as light, moderate or heavy grinding.
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Similar to night guards is sports guards that protect while playing sports. Learn more here.