Night guards are worn while you sleep to reduce the stress and wear on your teeth. They are preventative appliances that can eliminate the heavy tooth-on-tooth forces during the night. There are many options for patients including choice of upper or lower jaw appliances. In some cases, even if you are not aware of signs, your dentist will be able to diagnose signs of progressive wear and will suggest a night guard to prevent the development of additional symptoms.
Common signs and symptoms of clenching and grinding:
- Jaw soreness or tightness
- Waking up in the morning with a headache
- Edges of teeth appear flat and worn
- Your partner tells you that they can hear your grinding while you sleep
Athletic mouth guards
Athletic mouth guards should be worn during certain activities to minimize the risks and severity of concussion, jaw and tooth traumas. We at Meadows Dental Group will fit you with a guard that works for you and the activity you are using it for.