Dental Nightguards

Nightguards

Treating bruxism and clenching teeth together

Nightguards

Nightguard is a dental device that people usually put on their teeth when they sleep (or wake up, depending on when they gnash their teeth) to protect their teeth and jaw. Nightguards may be made of acrylic, which is a type of plastic, or acetate or vinyl, which is a type of rubber, or an amalgam of metals such as cobalt and chromium. Depending on the severity of the problem, the dentist will recommend the most appropriate type of night guard. It is important to understand that Night Guard does not cure gritted teeth.

Signs that we are grinding or clenching our teeth in sleep.

1- Headache when waking up
2- Pain in the face and jaw
3- Fatigue during the day. Even when you think you slept well all night.
4- Fracture and separation of tooth enamel layers or filling and subsequent tooth decay
In some people, chronic gnashing of teeth can cause fractures, loosening, or even tooth loss.

Benefits of using Night Guard?

It stops the pain caused by grinding teeth

If you wake up in the morning with pain or discomfort in your jaw, ear or head, it may be because you are gnashing your teeth during sleep. Although good habits such as eliminating caffeine from your diet and exercising or doing other stress-relieving strategies can help, these are not reliable treatments. The function of the night guard is to restrain the teeth and absorb the pressure caused by grinding teeth. To use it, all you need to do is press it against your teeth when you go to bed or when you are stressed. You do not need any other work and you will not feel any pain.

Protects tooth enamel and gums

In addition to feeling better, using a night guard is also effective in preventing enamel wear and gum damage. Enamel is a protective layer that covers the tooth and, for example, when we drink something cold or hot, it protects the tooth against tooth sensitivity. The gum line covers the roots of the teeth and protects them from pain and bacterial infections. Damage to the enamel and gums are the latent destructive effects of bruxism that often go unnoticed until later check-ups. By then, the tissue may be damaged and the crown or other tooth structures may need extensive repair and treatment.

Nightguards

Reduces the risk of misaligned teeth

Enamel erosion and sagging gum line are just some of the problems associated with tooth displacement. If you have orthodontics, do you remember the whole time you had braces in your mouth so that you could find regular teeth? Aligning teeth is often considered a cosmetic treatment. However, misaligned teeth can cause toothache, or biting the cheek or tongue when eating, or even prevent a person from breathing well through the nose.

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