A dental night guard is a mouth guard that is comfortable and secure enough for sleeping. While they can be purchased over the counter, it is recommended that a dentist at our office measures and orders a custom guard for you to get the best protection possible.
The most common use for a night guard is aiding in preventing nighttime teeth grinding, known as bruxism, by reducing the risk of damage to the teeth. Bruxism can cause a number of oral problems for the sufferer. Breaking down tooth enamel, inflammation of the jaw, headaches, and damage to previous dental restoration are all symptoms that can be treated simply with the use of a night guard. Since the cause of bruxism is currently unknown, therefore untreatable, night guards are the best way to help afflicted persons.
Depending on the severity of the bruxism, these night guards come in different sizes, ranging from 1.5mm to 3mm in thickness, and different materials with acrylic being the most popular. Regardless of what they’re made out of or how thick the material is, night guards have made strides in helping people to reduce their pain and maintain their beautiful smiles.