Clenching and grinding teeth is a common and often times unintentional habit that usually occurs during sleeping. Grinding your teeth can damage the teeth by wearing down the enamel prematurely and fracturing the teeth. It can also cause TMJ (jaw) pain or irritate the gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse’s sleep.
A night guard, which is similar to a mouth guard, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep, thus protecting the teeth from clenching and grinding damages. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow proper breathing. There are many types of night guards: soft, hard, a combination of soft and hard or front teeth only guard.
Give El Camino Dental a call to discuss and find out which type is most suitable for you.