Teeth Grinding in Beaverton

Occlusal Guard (Splint/ Night Guard)

If you experience teeth grinding while sleeping, or have other signs or symptoms of this condition, you may be a good candidate for an occlusal guard.

Occlusal Night GuardDental night guards are recommended treatment for patients with nocturnal or daytime teeth grinding (bruxism) habits. Studies show that dental guards can protect the teeth and prevent tooth wear. However, treatments must be carefully selected for certain patients as they may not help prevent teeth grinding or its symptoms, such as joint tenderness, jaw pain and headaches.  Patients with severe habits and or symptoms such as these will need to be referred to a TMD (Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction) specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you decide to try a dental night guard, consider the following points for best results:

  • Choose a custom-fit device: a custom mouth guard to fit your mouth. Over-the-counter dental night guards are available and they're less expensive than custom guards, but they generally don't fit well, they can dislodge during teeth grinding, and they may not provide balance to your overall bite – promoting additional jaw pain.
  • Choose a night guard that fits over all of your upper or lower teeth: A full-size splint gives you something to bite into and is less likely to shift during the night.
  • Avoid soft night guards: These devices break down more quickly than harder night guards. Also, soft night guards generally don't fit well and can dislodge during teeth grinding. A hard acrylic night guard is sturdier and may offer better results.
  • Follow your dentist's instructions: Place the guard in your mouth as instructed and wear it every night.
  • Be careful if you have other sleep disorders: A dental night guard isn't recommended if you have sleep apnea because it can worsen nighttime symptoms.
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