Nightguards consist of a moldable plastic mouth guard that comfortably fits over your teeth to protect them from damage caused by bruxism.
Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth, commonly at night. The design creates a cushion between the upper and lower teeth that absorbs the force of clenching and grinding.
The term clenching means you tightly clamp your top and bottom teeth together, especially the back teeth. The stressful force of clenching causes pressure on the muscles, tissues and other structures around your jaw. This can lead to jaw joint disorders, jaw pain and soreness, headaches, earaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
These symptoms are often collectively referred to as “TMJ” or temperomandibular joint problems. Many people who clench also grind their teeth. Grinding is when you slide your teeth over each other, generally in a sideways, back-and-forth movement. This action may wear down your teeth and be noisy enough at night to bother sleeping partners. Like clenching, grinding can lead to jaw pain and other problems.
Occlusal Splints are the best insurance policy to keep you from breaking your teeth and keeping your muscles comfortable. It might even give someone a better nights sleep.
At Pro Dental SA, our dentists specialize in making occlusal splints to alleviate the issues associated with grinding and clenching. Our dentists will be able to advise you whether they are able to identify any signs of bruxism and whether you may benefit from the use of an occlusal splint during your consultation.
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