Dental Night Guards
If you grind excessively at night time, a night splint, also known as a mouth splint or a night guard, worn during sleep, can help reduce the damage that grinding can cause. Grinding at night can damage your teeth by causing fracture or chipping of your teeth.
Night guards or mouth splints even out the pressure across your jaw and create a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth to protect them from further damage. Here at Vard Dental we make both night guards and mouth splints.
A mouth splint (also known as an occlusal splint or bite plate) is made from harder plastic and fits precisely over your upper or lower teeth. Mouth splints are no more effective than mouth guards in reducing the symptoms of bruxism. They tend to last for years, whereas mouth guards usually last for less than two years, depending on the level of grinding. Mouth guards are made of a softer material which some patients find more comfortable. Mouth splints are more expensive as they need more chairside adjustments.
Although mouth guards and splints may help reduce muscle activity in your jaw at night, they’re only able to control the condition, not cure it.
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