Night guards are removable, worn over the teeth and are most commonly utilized to protect a patient’s teeth. They’re especially useful to prevent damage to your teeth if you grind them unconsciously at night or to reduce strain to the temporomandibular joint (TMD).
Habitual teeth grinding (a.k.a. “bruxism”) causes damage to your jawbone and teeth because it puts excessive force on the teeth and jaw joints. Left untreated, bruxism can cause headaches, neck pain, jaw pain and even irreparable damage to your teeth.
If your teeth display signs of bruxism, your dentist may recommend a custom-fitted night guard to serve as a cushion to your teeth and protect them from further damage.
Stop by our Northglenn office to learn more and see if a night guard would be a good fit for you.