Nightguard consists of plastic material upper and lower trays for mouth. Nightguards worn when a patient has a habit of unconscious night grinding of their teeth due to stress (bruxism). Plastic nightguards act as a thick barrier between the upper and lower teeth which helps to protect our teeth from extreme attrition. Do I Need A Dental Nightguard?
Those who have severe night grinding habits or stressed sleeping, are advised to wear a dental nightguard to avoid severe sensitivity and tooth attrition. The nightguards prevent excessive force on the underlying teeth and bone. Without it the tooth can chip-off, crack or fracture leading to loss of aesthetics and functionality in the long run.
There is scientific evidence stating that bruxism is a symptom of sleep apnea (difficulty in breathing). At night when you are unable to breathe the body will open the airway automatically as a reflex mechanism. This happens due to grinding of the teeth which tends to bring the lower jaw forward and open up the airway.
𝘔𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦. 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘶𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘴 𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘺, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘕𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘎𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘥𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘹𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘣𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘢𝘱𝘯𝘦𝘢.
Mild bruxism may not require any treatment. In some cases, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, crooked teeth and other problems. Because most bruxism cases are sleep bruxism and one may be unaware of it until complications develop, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.
Causes of Night grinding or Bruxism:
Stress and lots of stress
Sleep apnea or night snoring
Age; most commonly seen in younger age groups which usually goes away by adulthood
TMJ disorders such as clicking, deviation, derangement disorders, and pain increases the risk of grinding
Airway obstruction or blockage in sinus
Personality type; aggressive, competitive, hyperactive nature increases the risk of grinding
Specifications of a Dental Nightguard:
However, 2-3 mm is an ideal thickness for a nightguard for moderate to heavy grinding. Can be worn for a period of 2-5 years then requires change.
1 mm thick dental nightguard used for light teeth grinding and can be worn during the day time. It’s to be worn for a period of 6 months to 2 years.
However the thickness of the material can fade-off with time. In such cases refabricating of night guards done.
Hence, Royal Dental Clinics advises patients to use dental nightguard if they have above mentioned problems, under the consent of your dentist, Read more on how you can “𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐆𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐝.” A framework of SAPT.PEEK with SAPT.HIPC crowns over it is unique. SAPT.PEEK acts like a shock absorber and effectively dissipates the load. In- fact the flexural strength of SAPT.PEEK is similar to that of natural bone and hence it is very difficult to break. It only allows 4 % load to pass through. It acts like a cushion to the joint and jaw.
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