Why do people wear nightguards?
Bruxism is a relatively common condition that is the result of frequent grinding of the upper and lower teeth, usually at night. It can lead to a range of conditions, including joint disorders, tension headaches, neck and ear aches, muscle strain, and excessive wear on the teeth.
A night guard is a horseshoe-shaped, plastic oral appliance designed to help manage Bruxism. It can be worn on either the top or the bottom arch, and protects the teeth by providing a cushion between the upper and lower sets during sleep.
How is a night guard fitted?
A well made and properly fitted nightguard can provide a straightforward solution for protecting your teeth and jaws from the effects of Bruxism. It reduces clenching and grinding, and helps to relax the jaw muscles while you sleep. The first step in having a nightguard fitted is to have a mould of your teeth made from a soft putty.
Using this mould, we create a customised nightguard which prevents your upper and lower sets of teeth from coming into contact with each other as you sleep. This means there is no pressure being caused by regular grinding or clenching, and any consequent muscle pain in the jaw, neck and head will also be reduced.
What are the benefits of a nightguard?
Using a fitted nightguard will mean that you stop grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep; as a consequence, they won’t become so worn down and you will reduce the risk of broken teeth.
It will also reduce the impact of other symptoms associated wth Bruxism, such as neck and jaw pain, headaches, ear ache and muscular discomfort. For some, a fitted nightguard will also improve the quality of your sleep.
Is a nightguard right for me?
Many people don’t realise that they are grinding their teeth in their sleep, and might only become aware of the condition once a partner brings it to their attention. However, Bruxism does need to be addressed, as it can lead to a range of issues with long lasting effects.
Therefore, if you are experiencing regular discomfort in your head, neck or jaw, or your teeth (particularly those at the back) have become worn or chipped, it may be that you need to get in touch with Southside Dental Options about having a customised nightguard fitted.
See commonly asked questions below. If you still have questions please contact us.
How do I know if I need a nightguard?
When you come for a regular dental checkup or an oral hygiene check at our Morphett Vale surgery, we will be able to see whether a nightguard is needed by assessing the wear on your teeth.
Is a night guard comfortable to wear?
Your nightguard will be customised and fitted to your teeth, and so while it may take a little getting used to, you will in time find that it is very comfortable to wear and you should be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep when you have it in.
Why should I have a nightguard custom fitted?
While it is possible to buy a standard night guard over the counter, it will not be shaped and contoured specifically to your teeth, As a result, it will be less comfortable to wear and less effective at stopping you from grinding your teeth.
How often do I need to have my nightguard checked?
A properly fitted and cared for nightguard should last for several years, but it pays to have us examine it once a year when you come if for your regular dental checkup.