Do you wake up with jaw pain or sore teeth in the morning? If so, you might be experiencing the effects of teeth grinding or clenching during sleep, a condition known as bruxism. Fortunately, there's a simple and effective solution to safeguard your teeth and promote better sleep: a night guard for teeth. At Dr. Gandhi Dental, we offer top-notch night guards designed to provide optimal protection while ensuring you enjoy a restful night's sleep.
Behavorial therapies and the utilization of mouth guards or mouth splints are among the suggested treatments for bruxism (teeth grinding).
Additionally, incorporating muscle relaxation exercises and adopting sleep hygiene measures can be beneficial in effectively managing your bruxism symptoms.
Teeth Protection: The primary purpose of a night guard is to shield your teeth from the excessive force caused by grinding and clenching. Over time, bruxism can lead to worn-down enamel, chipped teeth, and even dental fractures. A night guard provides a cushioning effect, minimizing the impact of these harmful habits and preserving your natural teeth.
Muscle Relaxation: Bruxism often involves tense jaw muscles, which can lead to jaw pain and discomfort. Night guards help relax the jaw muscles by promoting proper bite alignment during sleep. As a result, you may experience reduced jaw pain and tension headaches.
Restful Sleep: Teeth grinding and clenching can disrupt your sleep patterns, leading to fatigue and daytime drowsiness. By wearing a night guard, you can enjoy a more peaceful and uninterrupted night's sleep, waking up refreshed and energized.
Preventing Dental Complications: Left untreated, bruxism can lead to various dental complications, including gum recession and tooth sensitivity. A night guard acts as a preventive measure, mitigating the risk of these issues and maintaining your oral health.
Custom-Fitted for Maximum Comfort: Unlike over-the-counter night guards, which can be ill-fitting and uncomfortable, our night guards are custom-made to fit your unique mouth structure. Our skilled dental team takes precise impressions of your teeth, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit. With a custom-fitted night guard, you can rest easy knowing you're receiving the best possible protection for your teeth.
Mouth guards are also available to buy from your local pharmacist. However, it's unlikely to fit as well as one made by your dentist.
A mouth splint (also known as an occlusal splint or bite plate) is made from harder plastic and fits precisely over your upper or lower teeth.
Mouth splints are no more effective than mouth guards in reducing the symptoms of bruxism. They tend to last for years, whereas mouth guards usually last for less than a year. However, mouth splints are more expensive.
Although mouth guards and splints may help reduce muscle activity in your jaw at night, they're only able to control the condition, not cure it.