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Night guards or Occlusal guard are indicated when patients presents with bruxism, or excessive grinding of teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw. Bruxism is a common problems amongst general population with the prevalence range from 8-31%.
Symptoms may be minimal and may not be noticed, but common bruxism related symptoms are hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches. Bruxism may cause tooth wear, and even the damage or breakage of teeth and dental restorations such as crowns and fillings. Night guards/ Occlusal guards can protect from night time bruxism to minimize dental damages occurring while sleeping.
Our dentists at Birch Street Dental can fabricate custom fit night guards that will minimize risks of damages to your teeth that can be caused by bruxism.
Helpful Reading: http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_49.pdf
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