Night guards are devices aimed at reducing the severity and frequency of excessive tooth grinding (bruxism) and clenching of the teeth. These conditions can lead to significant discomfort and pain in your mouth, your face, or the temporomandibular (TMJ) jaw joint. You may not even be aware you are doing it. Severe damage from bruxism may shorten your teeth, break or dislodge fillings or damage your teeth.
To prevent or protect from future damage, your dentist may recommend you wear a dental night guard. There are two appointments involved in this treatment. The first appointment is to take impressions of your upper and lower jaw to get the closest fitting night guard which assists in protecting your teeth against clenching and grinding. The second appointment is to have the night guard fitted.
Maintaining your night guard will ensure that it continues to protect your teeth for as long as possible. Clean your night guard every day when you take it off in the morning, brush and rinse it under cold or tepid water – you may use soap or toothpaste. Once a week thoroughly clean your night guard using denture cleaning tablets.
Keep in mind, a night guard will need replacing over time. Just bring it along to your check-ups at Choimes Dental and your dentist will inspect it for wear and tear.
To protect your teeth, book an appointment at Choimes Dental.