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Dental Night Guards

dental night guards

Dental night guards, also known as mouthguards or night aligners, are used in patients who clench or grind their teeth to prevent damage to the teeth due to friction and pressure. In Lotus Dental Turkey, we apply special night guards to our patients at the last stage of many tooth-supported or implant-supported treatments in which multiple restorations are applied or the vertical dimension is increased.

Tooth grinding (bruxism) is often triggered by stress or anxiety disorders. Disruption of sleep depth, some antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), smoking, alcohol or drug use can also cause involuntary clenching or grinding.

Teeth grinding is a behavior that we can do during sleep as well as during the day, when we are performing activities that we focus on a lot. We can list the symptoms that vary according to the severity of teeth grinding as follows:

  • Pain in the face, head, neck, temple, ear and/or shoulder
  • Jaw pain due to development of temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Disorders such as multiple cracks, pitting and flattening of teeth
  • Increased sensitivity in teeth due to abrasion-cracks-fractures
  • Tooth loss
  • Breaking/falling of dental fillings

The primary aim in the treatment of teeth grinding should be to eliminate the factors. In cases where the factors cannot be removed or can only be reduced, treatments to prevent their effects and damages can also be applied. If your dentist detects that you are clenching or grinding your teeth during your examination, he or she may recommend the use of a night guard.

While hard joint aligners may be preferred in cases accompanied by temporomandibular joint problems caused by teeth grinding, soft night aligners can also be produced in cases without joint findings. Night aligners can be applied to the lower jaw or upper jaw according to the decision of the dentist.

How dental night guards are produced?

A 3D model is created by taking measurements from the upper or lower teeth. On this model, transparent and soft ready-made aligners are individually produced to be compatible with the teeth and gums.

Although they are called night guard or night aligners, thanks to their transparent structure, they can also be used during the day if needed. In such a case, they should be removed during eating and drinking.

They can be cleaned with liquid soap or non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush and stored in a special container.

How do night guards prevent teeth grinding?

Night guards do not completely prevent teeth grinding, but they can be used to reduce its effect. By spreading the pressure generated during clenching and grinding over the entire mouth, they prevent excessive forces on the teeth and prevent the teeth from rubbing against each other. Thus, while the chewing muscles relax a little, the tension forces on the jaw joint can be reduced.

Can night guards completely cure teeth clenching?

Since the etiology of clenching and grinding is stress, psychological relaxation and stress management should be prioritized in its elimination. Night aligners are made to prevent clenching from causing damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues.

In cases where night aligners are ineffective or at the same time with night aligners, botulinum toxin application to the chewing muscles is one of the preferred treatments for controlling bruxism.

If teeth grinding is not prevented and necessary treatments are not applied, it can lead to serious joint problems. As with any treatment, early diagnosis and early intervention are very important in teeth grinding.

How often should night guards be renewed?

Holes on the night guard are an indication that they are worn out. Worn-out aligners should be replaced with new ones without wasting time. For hygiene reasons, it would be better to replace discolored and contaminated plaques.

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Maxillofacial Surgeon Erdem Kaya

Maxillofacial Surgeon


DDS PhD. Erdem Kaya was born in Ankara in 1980. After completing his secondary and high school education in Ankara, he was entitled to get into Gazi University Faculty of Dentistry.

DDS PhD. Erdem Kaya successfully graduated from Gazi University in 2004 and started his doctoral education at Ege University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Oral, Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery in the same year.

He successfully completed his doctoral education with the thesis topic “Clinical and Radiological Investigation of Two Different Surface Properties of Dental Implants in Conventional and Immediatric Loading” in 2010.



DDS Tulay Kaya was born in Bulgaria in 1984. She completed her secondary and high school education in Izmir and graduated from Ege University Faculty of Dentistry in 2008. Her graduation thesis topic was “The Place and Importance of Bisphosphonates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” and she continued her university education at Universidade Do Porto in Portugal.

She speaks English fluently. Tulay Kaya, who is fluent in English, continued to provide private clinic services in Kuşadası between 2008 and 2012 within the Private Lotus Dental Clinic, which she established with Dr. Erdem Kaya in 2012.

DDS. Tulay Kaya, mainly carries out aesthetic dentistry applications in the clinic, also serves her patients with general dentistry applications. DDS. Tulay Kaya continues to offer dental treatments in renewed Lotus Dental clinic with the participation of Pedodontist DDS PhD. Gülcan Şahin to the team as of 2017.

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