Most people who grind their teeth chronically do so at night, unconsciously. While occasional teeth grinding is usually not a reason for concern, anyone who experiences chronic teeth grinding should consider seeking treatment. Chronic teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) exert excessive force on the teeth and jaw joints. This causes wear to the enamel, as well as muscles and joints in the jaw. Bruxism can lead to a variety of serious problems. These include broken and damaged teeth, headaches, neck, and jaw pain. Stress, anxiety, and other problems can cause or increase the amount of teeth grinding.
The guard is inserted into the mouth and covers the upper teeth. A well-made dental night guard should not be bulky, making it possible to sleep without being uncomfortable or having your breathing obstructed. The material cushions your teeth, which prevents them from grinding against one another. The dentist takes an impression of the patient’s teeth and sends the impression to the dental lab. Using the impression, the dental lab fabricates the custom dental night guard.