A nightguard is used to protect the teeth and jaw for people that clench or grind their teeth when they sleep. Clenching or grinding consists of biting down and moving your upper and lower teeth with great force against each other. While this seems like a minor issue, constant grinding can cause several problems such as: flattened teeth, sensitivity to heat or cold, pain, cracks, and even teeth loss, that would require further dental treatments.
To prevent this, your dentist might recommend using a nightguard to protect against further grinding. Like with normal mouthguards, there are three types of nightguards available: the boil and bite type is available in drugstores, and allows you to create a nightguard that fits your teeth better. The stock version is the pre-made kind, which your dentist can give you but will not give you the best fit. The last type is the customized nightguards, which are done by your dentist from molds, x-rays, and scans of your teeth to create a nightguard that fits you specifically.
If you are interested in obtaining a nightguard call us today! Schedule your visit by calling (215) 261-7003.