It is generally agreed that hard occlusal guards play an important role in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), particularly where myofacial pain is a prominent symptom.
Occlusal guards are also useful in the treatment of nocturnal bruxism, clenching, and the associated occlusal-incisal attrition seen in adults and children.
You may need a night guard -If your jaw feel stiff or you have difficulty opening your mouth wide, or your teeth are sensitive to cold drinks, or your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning, or if you are grinding your teeth at night (a medical condition called bruxism) or if you are clenching your teeth, which can be equally harmful.
People with night time grinding habits may wear away their tooth enamel “ten times faster” than those without “abusive chewing habits.” Eventually, your teeth may be worn down completely exposing the nerve.
In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pains, treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding? Without treatment, crowns (caps), bridges, implants and dentures are often needs repair or replacement. Visit us to find out if a night guard can help to provide relief from grinding, bruxing or clenching.
It is estimated that at least one third of patients in general practice need an occlusal guard, when there is a need to protect the natural dentition from attrition, or symptoms of myofacial pain and parafunctional activity , prescribing an occlusal guard is a treatment of choice.