Do You Clench Your Teeth?
Studies suggest that as much as 30% of the adult population grind or clench their teeth to some degree while sleeping. Not only is sleep lest restful this way, but this practice can have long-term harmful effects on teeth, gums, bones, and the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). The sooner that this practice is discovered and corrected, the more discomfort and damage may be eliminated.
What Is A Nightguard?
A simple device may be prescribed by your dentist to reduce or eliminate grinding and clenching teeth at night. Stock mouth guards may be purchased in many places, but they are not usually as comfortable and effective as what your dentist will create for you.
Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. He will send that impression to a lab in order to get a custom-fit guard molded just for you. This device will fit in your mouth while you sleep and provide a protection for your teeth and the soft tissue of your mouth. It will discourage you from grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep and help eliminate the side effects that come from this practice.