Night Guard Devices in Mississauga

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Grinding or clenching the teeth at night can lead to jaw pain, broken teeth, loss of tooth enamel, facial pain, headaches, and, in severe cases, even tooth loss. Night guards are dental appliances that are worn at night to prevent grinding and clenching so that the above effects can be prevented.

How Teeth Become Damaged at Night

Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a condition in which patients grind their teeth regularly. It can affect people during the day or at night. There is no single explanation for bruxism, but doctors and dentists believe it may be associated with a combination of psychological, genetic, and physical factors that cause the jaw muscles to become overactive.

Bruxism that occurs during the day time can be a coping mechanism for stress or intense emotions, such as anger, fear, or anxiety. Some people with “awake” bruxism may also grind their teeth as a habit when they are concentrating on something else , such as work or schoolwork.

Bruxism can also occur during sleep. Sleep bruxism that occurs overnight is often the result of sleep disturbances and is considered a sleep disorder. Other sleep disorders, such as snoring or sleep apnea, may also contribute to bruxism by exacerbating nighttime disturbances and disruptions to sleep.
Finally, an abnormal bite is another factor that can contribute to bruxism.

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How Does an Oral Appliance Work?

Oral appliances are non-invasive instruments that fit inside the mouth to reposition the jaw while sleeping, alleviating the airway to prevent snoring and mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Dental appliances are portable and don’t require a power source, making them convenient for at-home use and while travelling. At Turtle Creek Dental, we offer custom-fitted oral appliances for maximum comfort.

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