Many people clench and/or grind their teeth and they are not aware of this!The most common time for this habit is at night whilst you are asleep.Clenching and grinding of teeth can cause excessive stress on the jaw joints and muscles, as well as the teeth and their supporting gums and bone. Excessive wear of teeth can result in unsightly appearance of teeth, and also increase the chance of tooth breakdown.
A protective splint is a customized night guard that is made out of resilient plastic.
It is usually worn at night, as you are less likely to be able to control your clenching/grinding habits when you are asleep.
Getting used to wearing a new appliance in your mouth when sleeping will take time, but protecting your teeth from clenching and grinding forces can be one of the best dental decisions you will ever make!