Night Guard

Do you grind or clench your teeth during night? If this is the case, the constant pressure created by your hyperactive chewing muscles may be seriously harming your teeth. Other symptoms of this ailment may have a crippling impact on your day-to-day existence.

Custom-made overnight dental guards, often termed as "nightguards" or "mouth shields" by our skilled dentists can provide a considerable layer of protection for your teeth and alleviate many of the symptoms associated with grinding and clenching.

Teeth Grinding and Clenching Symptoms (Bruxism)

The dentistry word for teeth clenching and grinding is bruxism. It often occurs when people are sleeping, making them unaware that they have the condition until symptoms appear. These symptoms differ from patient to patient; however, they might include:

  • Wear and tear on the teeth
  • Fractures and chips
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Tooth Loosening
  • Sensitivity of the teeth
  • Pain in the jaw and facial muscles
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Sleep deprivation

Benefits of a Dental Guard for the Night

A dental guard worn at night adds a cushion of space between your upper and lower teeth to stop you from grinding your teeth. Each patient at our office gets a dental guard that is made just for them. Most of the time, they are made of a soft material that can still absorb the force that your jaw muscles and teeth put on them while you sleep. Nighttime dental guards are made to fit as comfortably as possible and can stop the upper and lower teeth from grinding against each other. This can help prevent further damage to the teeth and reduce or get rid of many of the problems caused by bruxism.

If you think you may be clenching and grinding your teeth at night, please contact AnteraPark Clinic today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our treatment options, or we can help you set up an appointment for an oral evaluation.