What Is a Dental Night-guard?

A dental night-guard, also known as an occlusal guard, occlusal splint, or bite splint, is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce the effects of grinding the teeth (bruxism) and clenching the jaw. It provides a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth.

The nightguard is usually made of a heat-cured acrylic resin, although some are made from softer materials or hard-soft materials. Custom-made night-guards are crafted to fit your teeth exactly, using an impression of your teeth taken by your dentist.

Dental Night Guard in Orlando, Florida

Who Are Night-guards For?

Night-guards are for individuals who grind their teeth (a condition known as bruxism) or clench their jaw, often during sleep, although it can also occur during the day. They are also used in people with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), as they can help reduce the stress on the jaw joint.

People who have dental restorations like crowns and bridges, or those with tooth sensitivity, may also benefit from using a nightguard. They are also sometimes recommended for patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment or those who have recently had veneers or implants fitted.

Why Are Night-guards Important?

Night-guards are important for several reasons:

  1. Protecting the Teeth: Constant grinding or clenching can lead to physical damage to the teeth, including tooth wear and fractures. The nightguard acts as a barrier that takes the brunt of these forces instead of your teeth.
  1. Preventing TMD: By reducing the strain on the temporomandibular joint, nightguards can help prevent or alleviate symptoms of TMD, a disorder that can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
  1. Reducing Headaches and Facial Pain: The excessive tension created by clenching and grinding can also result in headaches and facial pain. Nightguards can help reduce this discomfort.
  1. Preventing Sleep Disturbances: Bruxism can lead to disrupted sleep, not just for the individual suffering from it, but also for their partner due to the noise created. By controlling bruxism, a night-guard can help ensure a better, more peaceful night’s sleep.
  1. Saving Money in the Long Run: By protecting your teeth and reducing the risk of damage, a nightguard can save you from costly dental repairs down the line.

Remember, it’s always important to consult with Dr. Patel if you believe a night-guard might be beneficial for you.He can provide advice tailored to your specific condition and needs.

Interested in Learning More about Nightguards?

Dr. Patel and his team at Colonialtown Dental have extensive experience and knowledge regarding fillings. Colonialtown Dental has been serving Orlando and the surrounding areas for over 28 years. Book online or give us a call at 407-422-3811 today!