It can be beneficial to use a guard, or covering, to protect your teeth from grinding while sleeping commonly associated with sleep apnea. Similar to how a mouthguard protects teeth during sports, this layer prevents damage to the teeth that can occur naturally.
There are a wide variety of different types of mouthguards, ranging from pre-formed pieces to ones that are custom fitted to your teeth and jaws. Some of these can even be formed at home through a boil-and-bite process but are difficult to control the amount of opening and even bite.
Typically these nightguards cover all your upper teeth only, but in certain instances they are used for the lower teeth as well.
Grinding of teeth can be a serious problem that does major erosion and cracking to your teeth. So wearing a nightguard is an effective way to prevent this destruction.
To learn more about nightguards and mouthguards and how we can care for your teeth, please contact us today.