A good night's sleep is crucial for overall wellbeing, but did you know that your oral health might be at risk during those peaceful hours? Many individuals unknowingly grind or clench their teeth while they sleep, a condition known as bruxism.
The consequences of untreated bruxism can be detrimental to your dental health, leading to worn enamel, jaw pain, headaches, and even cracked teeth.
At Monread Dental, we believe in the power of prevention, and one effective solution we recommend for managing bruxism is the use of night guards.
Bruxism is a common dental issue that affects people of all ages. Stress, anxiety, and misaligned teeth are often contributing factors. While some cases of teeth grinding may occur during waking hours, many individuals experience it predominantly at night. The unconscious nature of this habit makes it challenging to control without intervention.
Night Guards: Your Shield Against Bruxism:
Night guards, also known as occlusal splints or bite guards, are custom-made dental appliances designed to fit comfortably over your upper or lower teeth. They serve as a protective barrier, preventing the surfaces of your teeth from coming into direct contact and absorbing the forces generated by grinding or clenching.
Harder Materials can compound the damaging effects
Harder materials, such as those used in many restorative treatments i.e. Crowns and Bridges, can cause further erosion particularly in the case of patients with a tight bite. Your dentist may also recommend nightguards as a dual-means of preventing breakdown of your existing enamel and preserving the structural integrity of your restorative work.
Benefits of Night Guards:
Prevention of Tooth Wear: The primary function of night guards is to protect your teeth from excessive wear and tear. By providing a cushioning barrier, they help distribute the forces associated with grinding, preserving your enamel and preventing further damage.
Pain Relief: Bruxism can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and facial discomfort. Night guards help alleviate these symptoms by minimising the impact of grinding forces on the jaw joint and surrounding muscles.
Prevention of Cracked Teeth: The excessive pressure from grinding can lead to cracked or fractured teeth. Night guards act as a buffer, reducing the risk of dental fractures and the need for extensive restorative procedures.
Improved Sleep Quality: By addressing bruxism with a night guard, you not only protect your teeth but may also experience improved sleep quality. Reduced grinding can contribute to a more restful night's sleep, promoting overall well-being.
Getting Fitted for a Night Guard:
At Monread Dental, our experienced dental professionals conduct thorough oral examinations, where they may notice tell-tale signs of bruxism i.e. worn tooth enamel, increased sensitivity and indentations on the inner cheek and tongue.
If a night guard is recommended, we will take a 3d intraoral scan to create a custom-fit guard tailored to your teeth.
We use the latest scanning technology so you can be finished in as little as 5mins!
Investing in a night guard is a proactive step towards safeguarding your oral health and preserving your teeth. If you suspect that you may be grinding your teeth at night or experiencing any symptoms of bruxism, don't hesitate to reach out to our team.