Dental Care Teeth Grinding Night Guards
I’m Joe Neely, and I practice with the Barton Oaks Dental Group. I’m going to talk about using a night guard for tooth grinding, or in many cases for tooth clinching. Since probably more people simply clinch with excessive forces, than grind. The night guard has three purposes. The first purpose is to simply put something in between your two sets of teeth, top and bottom, that’s softer than your tooth enamel. The plastic that a night guard is made out of, even though it feels hard, is much less dense than your tooth, and so if somethings going to wear, the plastic will wear. The second thing the night guard does, is, because it has some thickness to it, it gives the muscle a different position to rest.
In, and to function in. Striated muscles, if you stretch them a little bit, if you extend them, and then contract them, its therapeutic for the muscle. It’s the same thing a runner would do when they’re stretching their legs, or ballerinas stretching out, or a gymnast. You’re basically are functioning with that muscle at a longer position for the muscle. The third thing the night guard does, is, it gives your jaw support and yet freedom of function. The, the purpose of a custom made night guard, like any orthotic for our sh, sh, running shoes or whatever, is it can be shaped to fit the patient’s bite exactly. To where when you bite down, you have full support, even support, and when you go through.
The different motions and movements of the jaw, your, the, the plastic is shaped to where it puts that jaw through an ideal pattern of movement, rather than a hard pattern of movement. The reason that you wouldn’t want to go to the sporting goods store and get an athletic mouthpiece, is that as you bite into the athletic mouthpiece, your teeth, top and bottom, sink into that mold, and now your teeth are locked in position. And so, with the mouthpiece in place, if you need to, if you’re functioning, then your, the teeth slide across the plastic. If they’re locked into position, and you grind, then the only thing that, that gets torn up is the joint, and that’s not a good thing.
How to Maintain Healthy Teeth Using a Night Guard for Teeth Grinding
Are you confused on how to use your night guard for teeth grinding? Well, my name’s Michelle, and I’m a dental assistant with Solutionz, and I’m here to unconfuse you. Basically, what you can do is if you have been prescribed a night guard to wear at night or while you’re driving, basically it’s pretty simple on how to use. If you ever see ballplayers and they have these big, bulky pieces, like mouthpieces in their mouth, then basically what you want to do is you would just wear it as if you were to wear it as a mouthpiece. You will place it; whether it’s a bottom night guard or if it’s a top night guard it’s you would wear it just the same. You would place the night guard on your lower arch, and then.
Kind of make sure; some night guards like actually clip into place, so when you place it on your lower teeth you actually want to put enough pressure on it to where you actually hear it click into place. If you’re using it for your upper teeth you want to do the same thing, but you want to make sure once when you place the night guard in your mouth that you bite down to kind of make sure it’s in a the correct position. If not, if you then you go to bed and you’re wearing it, you can actually wake up with your TMJ joints being sore and tense because the night guard was not placed correctly. So, if you do have a hard night guard or a soft night guard you definitely want to put it in your mouth, put.
A little bit of pressure on it to clip it into place, and then you’re on your way to preventing grinding your teeth. Once again, my name’s Michelle, and I’m a dental assistant with Solutionz, and I just explained to you on how you can wear your night guard.