A night guard is a dental appliance designed to minimize the harmful impact of grinding or clenching on the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Its purpose is to provide relief and reduce the negative effects associated with these habits.
Although commonly referred to as a "night guard," this dental appliance can also be used during the daytime. This is because tooth grinding or clenching can occur throughout the day, and the guard provides protection and relief regardless of the time.
Night guards should be tailored to address specific issues related to TMJ problems. Unlike over-the-counter products, customized night guards are designed to provide targeted and personalized solutions.
Depending on the case or the patient's condition, a night guard can be fabricated for either the upper or lower jaw. The choice of which jaw to place the night guard on may vary based on individual circumstances and the specific needs of the patient.
The selection of the appropriate material for a night guard is determined by the dentist, considering the specific case and individual needs of the patient. The dentist will consider various factors such as durability, comfort, and effectiveness in choosing the most suitable material for the fabrication of the night guard.
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