When there is severe tooth wear and damage that’s detected, often due to clenching or grinding that we may or may not be aware of, splints or ‘night guards’ are a very effective option to prevent further damage. If teeth are left to wear away, eventually treatment to repair the damage will be required, and this involves much more time, complexity and cost.
Not having a night guard where needed may carry risks, but perhaps more concerning is the use of a non-custom fitted night guard:
If the fit and ongoing adjustment of your existing night guard hasn’t been checked by a dentist, you may actually be causing damage to the supporting jaw joint and muscle system. Far from being a set and forget appliance, it is advisable to bring in your night guard to each visit, so we can ensure the night guard offers an ideal fit and sufficient long term protection.