What is Bruxism?
The medical term for grinding both your teeth and jaws, is bruxism. Grinding means to move the jaw back and forth, while clenching refers to biting down with excessive force for a long period of time. Bruxism is a common condition in people and normally occurs when you are sleeping or times of stress. Many people are not even know that they grind their teeth in their sleep, until someone tells them such as their partner or dentist.
Over time, grinding your teeth in your sleep causes extensive damage to not only the structure, but also the enamel of the teeth. This can lead to decay and increases sensitivity eventually if not addressed. It can cause headaches, disrupt your sleep, and cause pain in the jaw, face, and neck.
What is a Custom Night Guard?
An oral night guard looks very close to the trays used for teeth whitening and sits over the teeth to protect them from grinding or clenching. The oral guard may also be referred to as an occlusal splint, occlusal guard, or bite splint. A teeth protector for sleeping does not stop you from clenching or grinding your teeth; however, it does shield and cushion the teeth from excess wear and helps re-establish the natural space between the upper and lower teeth.
Why do people wear a Teeth Protector for sleeping?
Your dentist might recommend a night guard to help you with headaches, for TMJ jaw pain relief, and to prevent damage to your teeth, jaw, crowns and other dental restorations that you may have.