What is a nightguard?
These custom-fitted mouth protectors made of acrylic are molded and designed for individual patients to be worn over teeth to protect them during nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and are also sometimes referred to as Occlusal guards or bite splints.
Who can benefit from a nightguard?
Nightguards protect patients from the destructive damage that grinding and clenching could cause over time. The symptoms range from flat and unattractive teeth at best, to severe issues with teeth, muscles and the jaw joint (TMJ) at worst. Teeth can become sensitive to hot and cold, or even break or become loose over time. Muscle tenderness from grinding teeth can also lead to headaches and neck aches. The jaw can also begin popping, clicking, or become challenging to open or shut.
Improve your sleep and prevent damage
A nightguard is exceptionally beneficial in offsetting and preventing potential damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding. Your dentist will create a customized device that fits your mouth and teeth, and decreases the force of any grinding or clenching that could occur. Patients generally find these to be comfortable and help support a healthy night’s sleep.