How Wearing a Night Guard Protects Your Dental Health

There are many benefits to wearing a night guard.  The ultimate purpose of a night guard is to decrease the forces of grinding and clenching so that destruction to teeth and dental tissues can be reduced.

Clenching and grinding of teeth is a common occurrence that affects most people at some stage of life.  Grinding and clenching can lead to flat and unattractive teeth, but it can also cause a number of other symptoms affecting teeth, muscles and the jaw joint (TMJ).  Teeth can become very sensitive to cold and hot and they can become loose or even break.  The force of grinding is generated by muscles normally used for chewing – consequently these muscles become very sore and tired from exerting effort – as a result a patient may experience limited ability to open due to facial muscles being so tight.  The resulting muscle tenderness and spasms can cause an individual to live with daily headaches and neck pain.  The last area to feel the repercussions of grinding is the jaw joint or TMJ – or Temporomandibular Joint.  Because of the constant force of grinding and clenching, the TMJ can become very sore and tender and over time popping or clicking may occur.  These symptoms are difficult to cope with, with patients turning to over the counter pain killers to try and deal with painful symptoms.

A dental night guard is often the best way to treat these problems, as a night guard acts as both a remedy to help ease existing symptoms and to prevent them from occurring or increasing in severity.   What is important to mention that the benefits of wearing a night guard are associated with the wearing of a custom night guard that is fabricated on the specific requirements that your dentist has specified.  Generic, one size fits all night guards that are available at drug stores do not provide the customization needed to balance a bite that is prone to grinding. South Calgary Dentist – Dr. Andy Hoe – has many years of experience treating patients who suffer from chronic clenching and grinding.  Having a custom made night guard is often a preliminary step Dr. Hoe recommends in a treatment plan designed to stop or reduce the cycle of grinding – and restore the mouth to a state of health.  Patients who see this Shawnessy Dentist for symptoms relating to clenching and grinding can attest to the benefits a night guard provides. Don’t suffer with worn teeth, headaches, and tense muscles – contact Bite Dental today to schedule an appointment 403.201.2483

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