Night guard is an oral appliance that patients wears while sleeping. It absorbs all the grinding and clenching forces of teeth during sleep. The guard provides a barrier between the upper and lower teeth and is made for a single arch or both as required.
Night guard is used mostly by people who grind their teeth chronically at night, mostly unconsciously. Sometimes even their partner may hear a clenching sound during sleep. While occasional teeth grinding is not a reason for concern, anyone who experiences habitual teeth grinding should consider seeking treatment.
Why is it required?
Bruxism or habitual teeth grinding exerts excessive force on the teeth and TMJ joint. This causes wear and tear on the tooth enamel as well as fatigue of the jaw muscles. Bruxism can lead to a variety of problems like broken and damaged teeth, headaches, neck and jaw pain. Stress, anxiety and other problems can exacerbate teeth grinding. To avoid such outcomes a night guard is advised.
How is it made?
The dentist takes an impression of the patient’s teeth and sends it to the lab. Using the impression, the dental lab takes care of the fabrication process and delivers the completed custom appliance to the dentist. The fit is tried and checked for any sharp edges. It is worn routinely at night when the patient sleeps. It is made using a thin material so that it is not uncomfortable or obstructs the patient’s breathing.