Nighttime grinding and clenching are common conditions causing tooth wear, muscle and jaw pain, and fractured teeth. A night guard is an oral appliance that is worn overnight to help minimize the risk of these complications and alleviate any associated discomfort. A night guard is also known as an occlusal splint, occlusal guard, or bite splint. A night guard is custom fabricated by your dentist to act as a barrier between your teeth to prevent tooth wear when actively grinding or clenching. A night guard is designed and engineered to help relax the muscles of the jaw to reduce wear even when the appliance is not being worn. To learn more about the benefits of a night guard, please do not hesitate to call our office.