Night guards, otherwise known as bite guards, are a simple and effective appliances that can help prevent and minimize damage to teeth from clenching and grinding. A majority of patients grind their teeth in their sleep and do not even know it. For most, it takes years to notice any signs of damage, whereas some patients that are heavy grinders see the signs at an early age.
If you experience any of the following:
- Morning headaches and/or jaw pain
- Ear pain
- Tongue pain
- Tooth pain or soreness
- Sensitive teeth
- Gum recession
- Chipped teeth
Then you could be suffering from a dental condition called bruxism.
Bruxism, which is the dental term for teeth grinding, is a fairly common oral disorder mainly caused by stress. Other possible causes are misaligned teeth or jaws, and even faulty dental work. In some cases, the severity of the condition can lead to occlusal disease, and may require extensive full mouth rehabilitation.
Although for most patients the individual episode of bruxing may be negligible, over time the damage adds up and can lead to significant dental problems. Fabrication and use of a night guard can help to prevent damage to your teeth and in many cases alleviate pain. Many patients find that wearing a night guard allows them to sleep better at night.
Once Dr. Schlang determines that you’re a candidate for a night guard, he will fabricate and customize one that precisely fits to your teeth and bite. This professionally made night guard is manufactured using a thermodynamic plastic that will cover in most instances your upper row of teeth, and fit to your particular bite.