How Nights Guards Work

Grinding at night can damage your teeth by causing fracture or chipping of your teeth. If you have chipped your tooth, it can be repaired using the most popular solution of Composite Bonding.  We highly recommend that if you have a Composite Bonding treatment to fix a chipped tooth that you also invest in a night guard to protect your restored tooth.

 

Dental Night guards or Mouth Splints even out the pressure across your jaw and create a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth to protect them from further damage.  Here at Vard Dental we make both Night Guards and Mouth Splints.

Mouth Splints versus Mouth Guards

A Mouth Splint (also known as an occlusal splint or bite plate) is made from harder plastic than a Dental Night Guard.  It fits precisely over your upper or lower teeth.  Mouth Splints are no more effective than mouth guards in reducing the symptoms of bruxism. However, they tend to last for years, whereas Mouth Guards usually last for less than two years, depending on the level of grinding. Mouth Guards are made of a softer material which some patients find more comfortable.

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