A night guard is a thin piece of hard plastic made from impressions of your teeth placed on the upper or lower teeth.
Night guard is hard and durable, but it protects the teeth from wear since it is softer than teeth.
Night guard is adjusted to fit your bite evenly and smoothly when you try it.
Night mouth guard:
The purpose of night mouth guard is to protect your teeth and jaws. Bruxism is the condition of grinding and clenching the teeth while awake or sleep.
You will grind your teeth much harder in sleep than while you are awake. When you clench or grind your teeth, it can cause chipping, fractures, excessive wear and loosening of the teeth.
Excessive stress to head and neck causes muscle tension and pain in jaw joints, which may be related to clenching and grinding of the teeth. A night guard is used to protect chipping, wear and tear and loosening of the teeth from bruxism.
Night guard function:
The night guard consists of bite pads which are made of hybrid resilient material which slips comfortably between your teeth. It is designed to establish a free space.
The night guard protects your teeth from grinding and clenching. When your lips come together, your teeth will be apart which initiates muscle relaxation process. When muscles are relaxed, your teeth will rest on the bite pads.
Mouth guard uses tissues retention between your lips, cheek, and tongue to be held in place. There are no hooks that attach to the teeth and there is no need to use the teeth to hold the appliance in place.
There are different types of mouth guards available to wear them at night to protect your teeth. Your dentist decides which night guard is best for you.
It takes very less time to fit the night guard into the mouth and there is no pain and discomfort either during or after the time.
There are no complications involved in using night guard other than issues resulting from improper cleaning. Mouth guard should be rinsed with cold water, but not hot and scrubbed with soap and water and brushed frequently.
When you are performing any physical activity such as playing foot ball, volley ball, or boxing from which your mouth could be hit, you can use night guard to protect from them. There are different sizes of night guards available for different people.
It is better to visit your dentist before your teeth has been damaged completely with bruxism. Your doctor examines your teeth and suggests a night guard that fits your mouth and stops your teeth grinding.