What is a Night Guard (Occusal Splints)?
A night guard also known as an occusal splint is a device that patients wear to bed at night to stop the effect of broxisim (clenching and grinding of their teeth).
Why do I need a Night Guard?
The device is used to prevent damage to the teeth the excessive forces produced during bruxing. Your teeth contact with a softer plastic not each other. A night guard can also relieve pressure in your jaw joints and muscles so you get a good night sleep. It can reduce headaches and pain in the jaw and / or face.
What does a Night Guard look like?
A night guard is a hard clear plastic device that attaches to either your upper teeth or lower teeth. There are 2 types of night gauds that Coral Coast Dental can make on site by our Laboratory Technician:
- Full upper or full lower night guard
- NTI night guard
Your dentist will specify the right night guard for you and will take a set of impressions on both upper and lower jaw to construct your specified night guard
Full Upper or Full Lower Night Guard:
A hard plastic tray that covers all your teeth either on the upper jaw or lower jaw.
NTI Night Guard:
A hard white and clear plastic device that fits comfortably over your 2 front upper teeth or your 4 lower front teeth.