Night Guards / Tooth Grinding
Prevent Teeth Grinding
Night time tooth grinding and clenching is very common. Some degree is normal, and will not be detrimental. There are however, a wide range of problems associated with bruxism (clenching and grinding).
How can I tell if I grind?
It is often not until extensive damage has occurred that patients become aware of their habits. As a conservative, prevention focused practice, Noosa Family Dental focuses on early detection and management of tooth wear.
What damage does grinding cause?
Grinding wears down the outer enamel shell of the tooth. This can expose the softer, more sensitive underlying tissue called dentine. The resulting wear can make the teeth sensitive to certain foods. Once the dentine is exposed wear occurs at a faster rate.
Clenching involves clamping the teeth together with high amounts of force. This can cause cracks to form. It is hard to find and assess the depth of cracks in teeth; and even harder to fix cracks.
Grinding overworks the facial muscles and can lead to headaches.
What can I do?
In both these instances prevention is far easier and more cost effective than cure. A guard is a fantastic way of easily protecting all of your teeth. The guard acts as a physical barrier, preventing your teeth from wearing against each other.
What is involved?
A night guard is custom made to fit your mouth. It is important that the guard be hard, soft guards lead to increased grinding activity and are likely to exacerbate headaches. A set of moulds of your mouth are taken. The guard is made off site at a dental laboratory. It takes a couple of weeks for your guard to be returned from the lab.
How long will it last?
Guards can last 5 years +, if you don’t lose it!