Night Guards: Your First Line of Defense
Habitual teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and bruxing can greatly damage your teeth. Dental trauma, fractures, chips, and further damage can all be prevented with your first line of defense against this hard-to-break habit: night guards.
What is a Night Guard?
A night guard, or occlusal splint, is a thin, removable dental appliance that you can wear to help reduce the grinding and clenching pressure you put on your teeth. Typically made of a combination of hard acrylic, soft polyurethane, and hard copolyester, a night guard helps prevent breakage and wear as well as protect your jaws from pressure.
Your dentist may recommend a night guard for you if you suffer from a condition called bruxism, which is characterised by night-time teeth grinding and clenching. Bruxism is a very common sleeping disorder caused by breathing related disorders, sleep disorders, airway obstruction, stress, tension, and anxiety. This also causes you to wake up with aching jaws and teeth. By wearing a night guard, you prevent your upper and lower teeth from making contact and having friction, which can damage teeth. Wake up with no pain and still with your teeth intact.
How do I get a night guard?
It will first require a thorough examination of your teeth and jaws for signs of wear and grinding. Additionally, our dentist may request you see a GP for a sleep study, and potential visit to the ENT regarding your airways. More and more, evidence is connecting grinding of teeth to sleep and airway issues. Additionally, we will take a look at the muscles around your jaw and jaw point for signs of tenderness. Then, they will determine the dimensions of your teeth, cusp points, angles, depths, and design a splint that fits the lower and upper arches of your teeth perfectly.
Afterwards, the right type of night guard will be selected depending on your condition as well as your bite force and an impression taken which gets sent to the lab for night guard construction.
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Keep your pearly whites safe and snug
Absorb shock from grinding and protect your teeth with the right night guard for you. Whether you have bruxism or simply want to protect recently restored teeth, we can make the perfect night guard for you.
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Align your teeth and bite, and avoid deepening of dental problems due to damaged teeth
Keep your partner happy
Grinding can be loud, and keep your partner awake. Avoid more pain when you get up with a night guard
Protect and preserve
Protect and preserve teeth from friction due to clenching and grinding, alleviating headaches and jaw pains brought by bruxism
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have bruxism?
You may have bruxism if you wake up with sore jaw muscles and a headache due to the tension on your jaw muscles as you clench and grind your teeth during sleep. Another tell-tale sign is if you have loose, worn out or cracked tooth. You may also find yourself being woken up or told by your partner about grinding your teeth while you sleep.
How safe are night guards?
Night guards are specially designed to protect your teeth. They are also custom-designed to fit snugly onto your teeth to reduce the risk of swallowing or choking. They are also made of copolyester, acrylic, and polyurethane which are made to be BPA-free and non-allergenic.