A night guard
A night guard is usually used by your dentist to treat teeth grinding or bruxism.
This is usually a plastic appliance that is worn at night – time. This has been the method of choice for a long time. You probably don’t even know that you grind your teeth. This usually occurs while you are asleep. It is not until your dentist tells you or possibly your partner hears you grind at night that you are aware of it.
Some reasons why you grind your teeth
Some reasons why you grind your teeth include mal-positioned teeth, and tooth/teeth and/or skeletal discrepancies between your upper and lower jaws.
Children usually grind their teeth while sleeping. This is primarily due to the arrangement of their baby teeth or when they have their adult teeth erupting into their mouths, and they are looking for a comfortable place where their teeth will meet each other. Following the eruption of permanent teeth into the mouth, this grinding usually stops.
Defective fillings, missing teeth, misaligned teeth, and defective crowns/bridges, along with ill-fitting removable full or partial dentures, can change your normal bite and cause you to grind your teeth while searching for a suitable resting place for your jaws. Grinding may not seem like a large problem to you, however if left untreated, it may result in more serious problems down the road (i.e., headaches, jaw, mouth, neck, face, and back pain).
Night guards serve as both diagnostic aids for your dentist and as a treatment for teeth grinding for you.
If a specialist is required to correct your teeth grinding, then our team at Navan Dental will discuss this with you.
There are various types of night guard available which suit particular cases, and this is something which will be discussed to allow us to choose the best one for your concerns.