A night guard (or occlusal splint) is a thin, transparent device that is typically made of acrylic resin. It is worn to alleviate nighttime clenching or grinding of your teeth. The night guard is used to treat other problems, including relief from migraine headaches caused by TMJ Disorder. TMJ Disorder is described as pain and dysfunction of the muscles that move the jaw and its’ joints. For patients who have extensive dental work, night guards also help protect your investment by preventing damage caused by clenching and/or grinding.
Getting fitted for a night guard is usually accomplished in two appointments. First, impressions are taken of your upper and lower teeth to ensure a custom fit. The impressions are sent to a lab that fabricates the night guard out of acrylic resin. The process is complete once you return to the office to be properly fit for your new night guard. Your dentist will make any minor adjustments as necessary and educate you on the care of your new appliance.
Patients are more than welcome to get an adjustment of their night guard at any time by making an appointment. Also, you may have it professionally cleaned and sterilized during your regular check ups for no additional charge.
If you are in need of a night guard, contact Celebration Dental Group to learn more.