Nightguards, also known as occlusal splints or dental mouthguards, are oral appliances designed to protect your teeth and jaws from the harmful effects of bruxism, a condition characterized by teeth grinding and clenching. These custom-fitted guards act as a cushion, absorbing the forces generated by grinding or clenching and preventing the damage that can occur to your teeth and surrounding structures.
Nightguards are made from a variety of materials, including hard acrylic, soft materials, and even a combination of the two. The type of nightguard you need will depend on the severity of your bruxism and other factors, such as any allergies or sensitivities you may have.
While some over-the-counter options are available, it’s essential to have a nightguard professionally fitted by a dentist like myself. This process involves taking impressions of your teeth and crafting a custom fit nightguard.
Nightguards offer several essential benefits to individuals who grind or clench their teeth during sleep:
Teeth Protection: Nightguards provide a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing them from wearing down or sustaining fractures due to excessive grinding forces.
Jaw Pain Relief: By distributing the pressure and reducing the impact on your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), nightguards can alleviate jaw pain and discomfort caused by clenching or grinding.
Headache Prevention: Many individuals who grind their teeth experience chronic headaches. Nightguards help reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches by minimizing the strain on your jaw muscles.
Improved Sleep Quality: Teeth grinding and clenching can disrupt your sleep patterns, leading to restless nights. Nightguards promote better sleep by reducing the stress on your teeth and jaws, allowing you to wake up feeling more refreshed.
Preserving Dental Work: If you have dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or veneers, nightguards help protect and prolong their lifespan by minimizing the wear and tear caused by grinding forces.
When you visit our dental office in Hialeah, FL, Dr. Ines Orta, DDS, will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and jaws to evaluate the extent of your bruxism. If a nightguard is recommended, we will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-fitted nightguard specifically tailored to your bite and jaw position. This ensures optimal comfort and effectiveness.
At the dental practice of Ines Orta, DDS, we understand the impact that teeth grinding and clenching can have on your oral health and overall well-being. Our custom nightguards offer a practical and effective solution to protect your teeth, alleviate pain, and promote better sleep. If you experience symptoms of bruxism or suspect that you may benefit from a nightguard, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment by calling (305) 888-9807. Our dedicated dental team is here to provide you with personalized care and help you achieve a healthier, happier smile. Trust your dental needs to Dr. Ines Orta, DDS, your reliable dentist in Hialeah, FL.