Night guard is a plastic mouth appliance which absorbs the biting forces and prevents any damage to the teeth and its surrounding tissues. It is also called dental guard or occlusal splint. It is specially designed for each patient according to his upper and lower teeth and also their alignment. It is used for the patients having the habit of BRUXISM which is habitual grinding of teeth when an individual is not chewing or swallowing. Night guards are helpful in various ways.
- Preventing any damage to TMJ beause of the biting stresses
- Preventing tooth damage
- Stabilizing occlusion of the patient