Can a night guard make grinding worse?
While most night guards can prevent enamel wear by avoiding direct teeth contact, it does not prevent grinding and clenching. In some cases, night guards actually increase the activity of the muscles that clench and this makes TMJ pain worse.
Can you grind through a night guard?
However, a night guard doesn’t get to the root cause of grinding the teeth. A person wearing a night guard will usually continue to grind and clench the teeth. There are many potential causes of teeth grinding.
Can you wear a Nite Guard as a mouth guard?
Night guards are only intended to protect the surface of the teeth from wear and tear caused by continuous clenching and grinding, so it only needs to cover the occlusal surface. The material it’s made from can withstand the grinding motions of bruxism, but cannot handle impact as a mouth guard can.
What is the difference between a mouth guard and a night guard?
While both of these oral appliances protect your teeth, they do so in different ways. A sports guard or mouth guard protects your smile while playing contact sports. A night guard stops you from grinding or clenching teeth while you sleep.
Should my teeth hurt after wearing a Nightguard?
If you do experience pain or your mouth is hurting after wearing a night guard, it is a sign that your night guard is not fitted properly in your mouth. The device may be too large or too small and is not providing the adequate protection that you desire and need.
Do mouthguards work for grinding teeth?
Mouth guards and mouth splints Mouth guards and 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. They can also reduce any grinding noises you make at night.
Can you buy a mouthguard at a drugstore?
You can buy OTC mouthguards at most drugstores, pharmacies and online retailers. But, if this is your first time buying an over-the-counter guard, you should consult with a professional pharmacist for advice. OTC mouthguards are: Easy to purchase.