Teeth grinding (Bruxism) is the involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth while one sleeps. It is a subconscious behavior which may be affected by a variety of symptoms including severe headaches, pressure on the muscles, neck pain, jaw pain, ear pain as well as causing excessive wear to the teeth. Collectively, these symptoms are referred to as “TMJ” (Temporomandibular joint) problems.
Night Guard and Sport Guard
Dental night guards are created from hard but moldable plastic, that is custom-made for your mouth to fit perfectly. Night guards creating a cushion between the upper or the lower teeth to protect from the effects of bruxism and absorbing the impact of the grinding or clenching.The cause of bruxism is not completely known, but many agree that stress and anxiety play a major role.
A Sport Guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the upper teeth, and gums to protect against broken teeth, cut lips, gums and other damage to your mouth. A mouth guard is most often used to prevent injury in contact sports. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.