A night guard, also known as a dental guard, is prescribed to patients to help treat bruxism or teeth grinding. A night guard may also be referred to as an occlusal guard, occlusal splint, or bite splint. They stop bruxism by preventing your upper and lower teeth from touching. Teeth grinding and clenching is common and can be painful and destructive to teeth. Luckily, there are a variety of night guards available to help anyone who clenches or grinds their teeth while sleeping.
There are dental guards available for sale that do not require a trip to the dentist, but beware these guards are not custom made like a guard created by your dentist. As a result, it’s likely to be uncomfortable and potentially even painful. Even worse, wearing an improperly fitting dental guard could cause worsening of certain conditions such as Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). It’s so important to talk with a dentist before deciding if you should wear a dental night guard or not.
Your dentist is the only person who can officially diagnose bruxism and create the appropriate dental guard to fit your mouth. A dentist can also detect existing damages resulting from teeth grinding and help address these issues. It might seem easy to ignore teeth grinding, but over time it’s sure to lead to dental issues that are costly and painful to fix. Proactive dental care is more affordable and a wise investment in your smile.
Ready to stop damaging your teeth every night with teeth grinding? Schedule your appointment with our dental office in St. John's today.