Night Guard Treatment
Night guards to prevent grinding or clenching teeth, or bruxism, are worn while sleeping. Also known as bite splints they work by putting a barrier between the teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard helps to lighten the tension & cushion the jaw muscles helping to prevent face & jaw pain & protecting tooth enamel.
The most common variety is soft night guards used for mild or occasional cases. Next are dual laminate night guards, soft inside & hard outside, for moderate grinders and hard night acrylic guards are rigid & durable for severe cases.
Some people may experience some soreness usually managed with OTC anti-inflammatory or pain relief for a day or two.