Night Guards in Bloomingdale
What do dental night guards do?
A dental night guard is designed to protect your teeth from the wearing
down associated with the teeth grinding and clenching many people do in
their sleep. Habitual teeth grinding and clenching of the teeth is part
of a common condition called bruxism. Over time, this habit can contribute
to reduction of the teeth caused by grinding, and soreness of the jaw
caused by clenching. Night guards are made of plastic, and are designed
to fit over some or all of the upper or lower teeth. The night guard protects
your teeth from the abrasive action of grinding, and reduces muscle strain
by allowing the upper and lower jaw to move and interact more easily while
What kind of result can I expect?
The goal in using a night guard is to relieve the symptoms of bruxism through
a series of techniques proven to help do just that. Treatment goals include
constraining the bruxing pattern to avoid damage to the temporomandibular
joints, as well as stabilizing the occlusion by minimizing gradual changes
to the positions of the teeth. Night guards also prevent tooth damage,
and allow your dentist to better help you by revealing the extent and
patterns of bruxism through examination of the markings on the splint’s surface.
How long should I use my night guard?
Night guards are usually worn while you sleep, on a long term basis.
For more questions concerning night guards and bruxism, contact Associated
Dental Care today.