You might hear night guards referred to as bite splints, occlusal splints and occlusal guards. They’re designed to stop you from clenching and grinding your teeth at night, a problem known as bruxism.
When you routinely clench and grind your teeth during the night, the pressure applied to the teeth can lead to chips, cracks, and worn teeth that look shorter and feel sensitive. Over time, bruxism can cause enough damage that crowns and fillings become necessary. In order to prevent this type of damage, it can be helpful to wear a nightguard to relieve the pressure on the teeth.
Many people are unaware that they clench their teeth at night. Tell-tale signs include waking up with a headache, a sore jaw, or painful teeth. You might also notice a clicking, popping or grinding sound when you open your mouth. In some cases, there’s a buzzing or ringing sound in the ears which can also be affected by ongoing bruxism. Finally, we might be able to spot signs of teeth grinding when we perform an examination, and we’ll advise you on whether we think you could benefit from a nightguard.
Getting a nightguard professionally fitted is important if it’s to do its job correctly. We’ll create a bespoke guard that fits your teeth and mouth perfectly for optimum protection.