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.
Types of Mouth Guards
I am Nava Kishore, From cementum.in Now we are discussing about the different types of mouth guards from DA Marathon. There are 2 types of mouth guards. First type are the Bruxism splints or the night or day guards these are of clear type And the second type are the Sports Mouth guards these are the Colored ones. We will discuss about them separately in other tutorial. We use the products of Scheu and Erkodent of Germany.
We use the Scheu Biostar for the fabrication of the Mouth Guards. While selecting the mouth Guard one has to determine which one is the best suitable splint, for your patient. Some are better for clenching and few are better for grinding. Some are the Night guards and few are the Day guards. We make here 4 different kinds of mouth guards. The first one is the single layer thin hard night guard; this guard contains 1 to 2 mm of.
Hard dense protective material. Indications This is used for night clenching where a less bulky answer is required. Second one is the Soft Flexible Night Guard; this guard is fabricated from 2 mm of soft flexible comfortable material. Indications : This guard works well for heavy teeth clenching and less night grinding. If the patient is a moderate to heavy grinder, this cannot tolerate the stress on grinding. Third is our most popular dual laminated hard soft night guard.
Or the flexible night guard for the patients suffering from heavy Bruxism. Indications: This guard is designed for heavy grinding and night clenching. If your patient is a heavy grinder, then opt for a minimum 3 mm thick, dual laminated, extremely dense material night guard. Our 4th one is the day guard, Which can be worn during the day time in office. It is the dual laminated flexible guard, This version covers only the Occluasal surfaces of the posteriors. The incisors are not covered labially.
This is suitable for the day Bruxism. All the mouth guards or bruxism splints are individually fabricated. A night guard covers 23rds of the occlusal surfaces of the teeth and will not go up to the gum line. This is to facilitate the salivary flow interdentally. and stop the tooth decay. Night guards are worn either on the upper or lower arch. Most people prefer an upper guard.
Over the lower guard, An upper mouth guard comes into less contact with tongue and is easier to remove, Some of the patients feel it easier to sleep with the lower. Both provide same level of protection it is only the matter of individual preference. If you have any questions or valuable suggestions please email us at.EMail: Info@cementum.in or call me at +91 8179 668 775.