Nightguards for teeth can help with a variety of issues including, TMJ, muscle pain, jaw pain, grinding, and clenching. Clenching and grinding can also be sometimes called Bruxism. Depending on what the condition is we will generally design one of two types of nightguards:
1) In general, if you have are clenching and grinding but dont have any pain present in the jaw muscles we will make you a custom fitted guard similar to the one below:
2) If you do have pain in your muscles, we will generally make something more similar to this:
These are general examples but you will need Dr. Nelson to do a full examination to determine what nightguard is best for you. We do not recommend store bought (non custom) guards similar to an athletic guard to protect your teeth from clenching and grinding. Many times these cause additional grinding to occur and also can cause TMJ damage when worn for extended periods.