A nightguard, medically referred to as an occlusal splint, is a custom-fitted dental appliance worn during sleep to protect teeth from the effects of grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism
Nightguards are recommended for individuals with bruxism, a condition often associated with stress, leading to nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
Nightguards create a protective barrier, preventing tooth wear and minimizing the impact of grinding on the jaw joint (TMJ). They help alleviate associated pain and discomfort.
The process involves taking a 3D Scan of the mouth. for a custom-fit nightguard. Once fabricated, patients wear the nightguard during sleep. Immediate relief and long-term prevention are achieved with consistent use. Typically, a well-crafted nightguard can be fabricated in a timeframe of one to two weeks involving two appointments.
Bruxism remains a nocturnal mystery for many, as individuals who grind their teeth during sleep are often unaware of the habit until informed by a dentist or if they experience related symptoms.