Chronic teeth grinding or clenching, or bruxism, is a common medical condition that can lead to adverse oral health complications and discomfort. Bruxism can result in teeth that are ground down, chronic headaches, TMJ disorders, and more. Our team at Mount Royal Dental in Burlington, Ontario, would love to help you with your bruxism. One treatment we offer is custom-fit night guards. These night guards, also known as occlusal guards or bite splints, are custom-made oral appliances designed to alleviate the symptoms and effects of bruxism.

Here are some ways how night guards work and the benefits they offer.

Cushioning and Protection

Night guards act as a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, cushioning them from the forces of grinding or clenching. This cushioning effect helps prevent wear and tear on the tooth enamel, reducing the risk of damage such as chipping, cracking, or fractures.

Muscle Relaxation

Night guards help promote muscle relaxation in the jaw, reducing the intensity of grinding and clenching during sleep. By providing a stable and slightly separated bite position, night guards help alleviate tension and strain in the jaw muscles, leading to a more comfortable sleep experience.

Minimization of TMJ Disorders

Bruxism is known to be a cause of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. TMJ disorders can result in issues including jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty chewing. Night guards help alleviate stress on the TMJ by providing a cushioned surface and promoting a more relaxed jaw position, thus reducing the risk of developing TMJ-related symptoms.

Prevention of Tooth Damage

Grinding and clenching can result in excessive wear on the tooth surfaces, leading to tooth sensitivity, enamel erosion, and even tooth loss in severe cases. Night guards help evenly distribute the forces exerted during bruxism, minimizing tooth damage risk and preserving dental health.

Reduction of Headaches and Facial Pain

Bruxism can contribute to tension headaches, migraines, and facial pain due to the strain placed on the jaw muscles and surrounding structures. Night guards help alleviate this strain by promoting muscle relaxation and reducing the frequency and intensity of grinding and clenching, leading to decreased headaches and facial pain.

Improved Sleep Quality

Custom night guards are valuable dental appliances that effectively alleviate the symptoms and effects of bruxism. Patients experience less interruption during sleep, leading to a more restful and rejuvenating sleep experience.

Consulting with our team can help determine if a night guard is the right solution for managing your bruxism. Please call (905) 581-9912 to schedule an appointment today.