A nightguard is a device placed in the mouth on top of the teeth to help with grinding and clenching. Grinding implies the moving of the jaw back and forth, while clenching is biting down with pressure for an extended period of time. The guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth.
These devices are also called occlusal guards, occlusal splints, or bite splints. Usually, the guard is made of plastic and is placed over some or all of the upper or lower teeth. In most cas-es, guards cover only your upper teeth. But sometimes, if you wear braces or have another den-tal appliance, a dentist can make a guard for your lower teeth, as well.
Night Guards are prescribed by Dr. Shelyan when there are signs and symptoms of grinding or clenching during deep sleep or daytime. Night guards also known as bite splints protect:
- Teeth from fracturing
- Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) from clicking and becoming painful.
- Severe headache (Migraine) and neck pain
- Gum Recessions and gum bleeding
- Teeth Sensitivity
Are You A Grinder or Clincher?
Most people do not know if they are grinding or clenching during sleep. Dr. Shelyan can find out during an examination. Once this is determined, an impression of all teeth is taken and sent to the dental laboratory where a custom appliance is made. Patients find it convenient to wear a custom fabricated night guard because it is fitted to each individual’s needs.
If you are a grinder/clincher and do not address the problem, you might need a full mouth reconstruction in the future due to excessive wear and tear. It is best to make an appointment to find out if you need a Night Guard to avoid extensive future dental treatments.