Stop teeth grinding and prevent TMD with a night guard. A night guard is a thin transparent device worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep. This prevents contact between the upper and lower teeth.
Many people offen clench their teeth at night (some people may also clench their teeth in the day). The clenching or grinding of teeth is one cause of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), often mistakeningly called TMJ (temporomandibular joint). The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that functions as a hinge connecting the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull (in front each ear on the sides of your head). These flexible joints allow the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side. With TMD this can affect your ability to talk, chew, or yawn well. A night guard can help prevent TMD. A dentist can help examine your teeth, mouth and jaw and if necessary recommend the right treatment if you have TMD.
Wether you have TMD or want to prevent TMD from teeth clenching or grinding at night, a night guard is a good option to assist with treatment. During the day it is also helpful to try to keep your teeth slightly apart to avoid extra tension within the temporomandibular joint. You can do this by placing your toungue slightly between the upper and lower teeth. It is more difficult to stop teeth clenching or grinding while sleeping. A night guard is a good choice for good jaw health and may help prevent chipping or cracking of the teeth that clenching or grinding might cause. Chronic headaches and migraines may be caused by night-time teeth clenching. A night guard can also help prevent tension-type headaches or this type of migraine trigger.
After your exam, a dentist here at our dental office will first take impressions of the upper and lower teeth to create a custom fit for your night guard. This will be used as a mold to create the night guard which is crafted from a thin, strong, durable plastic material. Once complete, it is fitted to your mouth. You will be instructed to wear your night guard every night to relieve any pressure on the TMJ and prevent teeth grinding.
Let us know how we can help you. Contact our dental office if you feel a night guard may be right for you.