A night guard is an appliance worn at night to help control the symptoms of bruxism. Bruxism is the name given to nighttime grinding and clenching of the teeth, usually caused by stress. A night guard acts as a protective barrier between the upper and lower jaws, minimizing any damage that may occur as a result.
Many people are unaware that they suffer from bruxism unless it’s pointed out by a sleeping partner or they begin to exhibit the common symptoms of bruxism. Below are a few signs to look out for if you’re worried that you may be grinding or clenching your teeth:
There is no cure for bruxism, but the symptoms can be managed. We recommend finding ways to relieve your stress, which can decrease the severity of the symptoms. It’s also a good idea to wear a night guard to prevent any damage to the teeth.
Night guards are worn over the top teeth to prevent the jaws from clenching or grinding together. Night guards won’t make the clenching and grinding stop, but they can serve as a cushion so that the teeth, jaws, and enamel are not damaged as a result of the bruxism. Night guards can also help give you and your sleeping partner a better night’s sleep.
Here at Severance Dental, we can provide you with a custom-fit night guard. A properly fitted night guard will be more comfortable and last longer than the night guards you can purchase at the drug store. At our office, we will create a mold of your teeth and mouth and create a mouth guard just for you.