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.
Teeth Grinding and Clenching Mouth Guard GrindReliefN
Problems with clinching and grinding of the teeth are age old and in todays times the stress is causing this to be increased. Typical signs of clenching and grinding are flattening of the teeth. If you can take your lower front teeth and bring them together with the upper front teeth end to end as if you were biting sandwich and you see that they meet like a lock and key, that’s because they have been groundin that way. Also the back teeth when you see notching and chipping at the gum line. This is caused from flexural bending of the teeth under bite pressure, and it causes this notching and recession which can lead to sensitivity and decay at the gum line. But there is much more involved.
Here than just the teeth. As the muscles in the jaw contract, it can trigger other muscles in the head and neck to contract. leading up to the temples, ear pain can result, shoulder and neck pain is not uncommon from clenching and grinding. and as the shoulder and neck muscles contract it can even get up into the base of the skull and you can get headaches. Now GrindGuard N is available. It is a very unique device . . it has a unique central power bar . . the rest of the tray is soft and pliable as it is formed and the central focus of force is at the upper and lower midline. This creates a nerve stimulus, somewhat of a bio feedback response that becomes uncomfortable for the patient to bite down.
With the same intensity that they would if that central power bar wasn’t there. This is what GrindGuard is doing. You can help protect your teeth. You can reprogram the muscles and you can free yourself form a lot of pain and this is the best device to help you do it.