Do you suffer from nighttime teeth grinding? Nighttime teeth grinding can lead to many problems, including tooth decay, enamel erosion, and headaches. If so, you may want to consider wearing a night guard, often referred to as a dental splint, occlusal splint or night mouthguard.
How does a night guard work?
A night guard is a dental splint that is worn while you sleep in order to protect your teeth from the damage caused by grinding them together.
The night guard is made from a soft, flexible material that fits snugly over your teeth. By cushioning and protecting your teeth from nighttime grinding, the night guard helps to prevent cavities, tooth decay, cracked or chipped teeth, and other problems associated with nighttime teeth grinding.
What is the difference between a normal mouthguard and a night guard or dental splint?
Typically a mouthguard refers to a protective covering for sports. You can read more about these on our mouthguards page.
A night guard is typically made from a soft material that moulds to the shape of your teeth, whereas a normal mouthguard is typically made from harder materials like plastic or rubber. This means that night guards are generally more comfortable to wear and less likely to cause irritation or discomfort.
How is a night guard made?
A night guard is typically made using an impression of your teeth. We do this digitally using the 3Shape Intraoral Scanner. This will be sent to a dental lab where a night guard will be custom-made to fit your unique mouth and teeth. Some night guards are also available over-the-counter, but it is generally recommended to get a night guard custom-made by your dentist to ensure that it fits properly and offers the best protection for your teeth.
The process typically requires two dentist appointments, one to take the mould and the second once they are ready to check fitment.
Will a night guard help with snoring?
Some people have found that night guards can also be effective in reducing snoring. This is because night guards can open up the airway and reduce obstruction, which in turn reduces the chance of snoring.
How much does it cost?
Depending on the materials used, the typical price for a night guard or dental splint is $600. If you have private health cover, you may be eligible for a partial rebate.
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