Why Nightguards Needed? The Benefits of Wearing Dental Night Guard
Bruxism is a problem more common in adults and usually affects the upper jaw, but it can occur at any time during sleep. Since this occurs involuntarily, it can be hard to stop even if you are aware of the problem. The causes of bruxism are varied and not well understood. Some people develop bruxism as an expression of their anxiety or stress, while others may experience it as a symptom of other conditions.
Bruxism can lead to problems with teeth, headaches, and migraines. There are also some cases where Bruxism has been associated with jaw problems.
There are many ways to manage teeth grinding, and one of the commonly used treatments is nightguards. It is, however, important to visit a dentist near you for an assessment of the best night guard to use.
What is a Nightguard?
Nightguards are designed to hold back your teeth and can be worn on the top or bottom set of teeth. Nightguards prevent tooth enamel from being eroded or damaged by biting surfaces. They come in a variety of designs, including hard and soft.
Because there is such a wide variety of teeth and oral conditions, night guards need to be custom-made. With the shape and size-changing for each patient, they can’t be mass-manufactured, and you always need to take their preferences into account. Dentists refer to a mouth guard as a nocturnal bite plate, a dental guard, or a bite splint.
How Are Night Guards Made?
Our dentist in Auburn measures your top and bottom teeth, taking an impression to make a plaster or acrylic cast. From these materials and in cooperation with a dental laboratory, the dentists will make a mold to be used to create nightguards. Your new nightguard should fit well and doesn’t cause any discomfort when in use. If you experience discomfort when wearing the appliance, consult Dr. Mark Summer Ford for assistance.
What Are the Benefits of Nightguards?
Nightguards have a multitude of benefits for you, such as:
- Prevents tooth wear and erosion
The constant grinding and clenching of the teeth cause the teeth to wear out and even chip. It may also cause tooth sensitivity because of enamel wear. Wearing a night guard can help you protect your teeth and prevent any damage.
- Prevents Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
TMJ is a condition where the muscles used for chewing are tight and sore, and the joint connecting the jaw and the skull experiences some dysfunction. One cause of TMJ is bruxism because the person clenches their teeth or grinds them. A night guard can help to reduce muscle pain and tension. They also provide core stability in the temporomandibular joints, which are commonly affected by TMJ.
- Reduces Headaches
Bruxism can cause tension headaches and other chronic headaches. Constant grinding and clenching of the teeth cause tension in the head, jaws, and ears. You might wake up with these pains in the wee hours. If you want to reduce or eliminate headaches that occur due to high pressure in the teeth and jaw, then consider using night guards.
- Improves Sleeping Patterns. Pain from bruxism or TMJ can cause sleep disruptions that irritate your body. A night guard will allow the muscles of the jaw to relax, which reduces this feeling. In turn, it will lead to better sleep and an overall sense of wellbeing for you.
How to Keep the Night Guards Clean?
Nightguards are effective in protecting your teeth. But, it is important to care for them to increase their durability.
- Rinse your night guards with warm water every time you take them off to remove debris and loosen any plaques that may be stuck to the night guard.
- Use a soft toothbrush to clean your night guards. Avoid using toothpaste because it can scratch the guard and because it wears to wear out.
- Ensure that the night guards are stored properly to protect them from damage. You can use a case to keep them dry and protected from hot temperatures and less humidity. If your guards crack and get damaged, visit a dentist in 36830 for a new pair.
Schedule an Appointment
Visit Central Park Dental Care for more information about nightguards and how they work.