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Night Guard

With many adults affected by bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding or clenching, individuals may be affected by a variety of symptoms including worn tooth enamel, recessed gums, increased tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, earaches and headaches.

What is Bruxism?

The habitual, involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth, usually during sleep, as from anger, tension, fear, or frustration. It can occur at any time, but it's most common at night while sleeping.

There are several telltale signs. Sore or tender jaws, morning headaches, earaches and neck pain are common signs of moderate to severe bruxing. Others may notice their teeth have become more sensitive overtime, or that their teeth look flat or worn. Other physical indications of chronic teeth grinding are chipped teeth; increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages; and loose or broken fillings. Most often, bruxism is related to stress. It may also be a response to pain elsewhere in the body, or the result of misaligned teeth. Stress reduction and anxiety management are methods used to treat bruxism and reduce the symptoms, but a dental night guard is the most commonly used treatment method.

A night guard is a horseshoe-shaped acrylic appliance with shallow borders that is worn on the top, maxillary, arch. It is designed to protect the teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding by providing a protective cushion between the upper and lower teeth. A night guard can be a simple, and affordable solution for protecting your teeth and jaws from the damaging effects of bruxism.

Benefits of a Night Guard

  1. Stop grinding
  2. Improve breathing
  3. Improve posture
  4. Reduce headaches
  5. Reduce discomfort
  6. Reduce stress
  7. Reduce tension
  8. Protects teeth and dental work from damage caused by clenching and grinding.
  9. Worn for performance enhancement during non-contact sporting activities where the natural tendency to clench and grind the teeth may occur, such as: golf, weightlifting, tennis, cycling, bowling, archery, skeet shooting, etc.
  10. Avoid chipping, fractures, excessive wear and loosening of the teeth.