Dental 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 does not usually cause harm. But if grinding occurs routinely, then the teeth may be damaged along with other dental complications. This night grinding may be due to stress or anxiety or it could be caused by an abnormal bite, 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.
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