Nightguards are worn to protect teeth from the occurrence of bruxism, which is a condition where the patient clenches and grinds their teeth. It is a very common oral issue affecting more than 60 million Americans, and regular nightguards are highly effective in preventing tooth loss, broken teeth, headaches, facial pain, and TMJ syndrome.
Why Do You Need a Nightguard?
Nightguards prevent the grinding of the teeth which can lead to broken and cracked teeth. This can lead to the onset of TMJ syndrome and cause severe facial pain, headaches, and neck pain.
Nightguards also reduce the occurrence of bruxism by preventing the grinding of the jaw bone around the TMJ. Bruxism is responsible for causing headaches, chronic jaw pain, and neck pain. This can lead to sleep deprivation and chronic fatigue during the day.
How Does a Nightguard Work?
A nightguard is a plastic appliance that fits over the upper teeth. It serves as a protective shield for the wearer’s teeth during the night. The nightguard prevents the upper teeth from hitting against each other during sleep. Over time, damage to the teeth can be prevented with the regular use of nightguards.
Who Can Wear a Nightguard?
Nightguards are prescribed by dentists after examining your oral condition. A nightguard is best suited for people who grind their teeth at night, leading to tooth damage and loss. It can be used for treating sleep apnea as well.
How to Wear Your Nightguard?
It is advised to follow these steps to wear your nightguard:
- Select an appropriate nightguard by consulting your dentist or orthodontist.
- Wear it every night before going to sleep. Ensure that it is comfortable to wear at first use itself.
- Grinding of teeth can occur throughout the night, even while you are asleep. Therefore, it is essential to wear your nightguard every night even if you are not feeling pain or discomfort in your teeth or jaw during the day.
- Remove your nightguard in the morning only after brushing your teeth after waking up or right before going to bed. Use dental floss to remove accumulated food particles from between your teeth and the nightguard.
- Clean it with soap and water and ensure that any debris or debris is removed before wearing it again that evening.
To know more about nightguard, visit us at Helena, MT, or call us at (406) 443-6160 to schedule an appointment with the dentist and we will be happy to help.