Night guards are oral appliances worn while you sleep to prevent wear to teeth caused by grinding. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause fractures, cracks, and damage to your teeth. Bruxism is sometimes caused by stress, but can also be a side effect of sleep conditions like sleep apnea. At Summit Denture Clinic, custom-made night guards are designed to fit your unique bite. Because of this, they are better at preventing wear to teeth.
How a Night Guard Protects Your Teeth?
A night guard is a custom-made oral appliance worn at night to protect your teeth from damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding. During sleep, the jaw muscles tend to relax and clench together naturally. If you’ve suffered from nighttime teeth grinding, the clenching action can lead to severe damage to your teeth. A night guard keeps your teeth from touching and rubbing against each other. It prevents tooth sensitivity and repairs damage to the enamel caused by teeth grinding.
Types of Night Guards
There are two types of night guards available: stock and custom.
A stock night guard is the least expensive option. It provides a low level of protection and can be easily molded at home. But, it does not provide a good fit that minimizes grinding.
A custom night guard is more expensive, but it provides better protection. It can be designed to fit your mouth and is very durable.
How Are Night Guards Made?
Custom night guards can be created by using an impression or mold of your teeth. They can be made using a soft material, such as plastic, or hard material, such as ceramic or porcelain.
Your custom night guard will be designed to fit comfortably in your mouth and will prevent your teeth from grinding together, which protects them from damage and pain.
Night Guard vs. Mouth Guard: What's the Difference?
A night guard is a type of dental appliance that is worn at night. It provides a protective barrier between the teeth and excessive grinding (bruxism) or clenching. The severity of bruxism can sometimes be treated through proper oral hygiene and lifestyle changes, but some people may need a night guard to stop the grinding. Bruxism can cause severe tooth wear, jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, and headaches among other symptoms.
A mouth guard, on the other hand, is worn for sports or recreational activities. Mouth guards protect the teeth and gums from injury.
Get in touch with Summit Denture Clinic at 130 – 2881 Garden Street, Abbotsford, BC V2T 4X1, or call (604) 776-2881 to discover more about the benefits of night guards.