Night Guard Questions

  • How do I know if I grind my teeth at night?
A: Many people grind their teeth unknowingly at night, during sleep. The medical term for this condition is Bruxism. Bruxism needs to be treated as soon as possible because the force generated during teeth grinding can lead to severe dental problems.
  • How do I stop grinding my teeth?
A: The effects of night grinding are irreversible. While there may be some remedies that Dr. Clyde can do for you, your best chance is to address the condition as soon as possible.
  • What are my treatment options for teeth grinding?
A: Teeth grinding can affect both children and adults, and occurs during either the day or evening. In some cases it affects people all day and night. A variety of treatments exist to help control this condition, from natural remedies, to devices or medication.
  • Are Occlusal Guards effective?
A: An occlusal guard (also known as a bite guard or a night mouth guard) is worn by people who suffer from teeth grinding.  Occlusal guards do not exactly cure night grinding, but they do cushion and protect the teeth.
  • Can I use a sport mouth guard as a Dental Night Guard?
A: Both a night guard and a sports guards are meant to protect teeth, but they protect your teeth in different ways.  A night guard functions by protecting the teeth surfaces from being worn down from constant grinding and clenching.  A sport mouth guard is primarily worn to protect the teeth and mouth in case of sudden, hard impact.  They have different purposes and should be used as such.

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