Mouth Guards (Night)
Here at Jon C. Packman DDS, we can fit suitable mouth guards to protect your teeth from grinding at night. You might be asking how one can know whether they suffer from grinding teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism.
If you wake up with a mild headache, tooth pain, and a sore jaw, then these may be indications you need a night guard to protect your teeth.
How Grinding Teeth Can Cause Damage
Teeth generally wear out due to various factors such as chewing on hard material. However, the wear can increase due to grinding your teeth which often occurs at night. As a result of the grinding, your enamel ends up destroyed either through cracks or chips.
This will cause extreme discomfort and may even result in damaged teeth. Keep in mind that fixing your teeth is a costly affair. Thus night guards will alleviate the suffering both in your teeth and in your pocket.
Types of Night Guards
We can supply you with night guards, and they’ll cover the entire row of teeth. Also, they come in several variations with the most common being the boil and bite. This type of night guard will come as a u-shaped plastic tray, and to form the guard, you have to boil it in water. After it softens, bite down on it to fit the teeth’s shape.
Other types include a cushioning which mold into the precise shape of the teeth once bitten down on. While they may be pocket-friendly, these guards tend to wear out fast. Therefore, you must replace them often.
On the other hand, we can provide you with custom night guards. To create these guards, your mouth’s impression will be used to create a customized night guard in a professional dental laboratory.
The biggest advantage of this type is the comfort it provides since they are built for your mouth. However, for this comfort, you’ll have to pay more making this night guard the most expensive. Nevertheless, they are durable and will last a long time.
Finally, you can opt for nociceptive trigeminal inhibition splint. This is a smaller mouth guard compared to the common ones in the market and only protects the front bottom and top teeth. This kind of guard inhibits the front teeth from making contact. As a result, this alleviates the pressure from the jaws and in the long run keeping other teeth from making contact as well. However, the main disadvantage of this treatment is the lack of protection for the entire teeth.
Also, NTI can cause teeth misalignment after prolonged use. This may lead to brace installation to realign your teeth, which is an extra expense.
In conclusion, if you experience jaw pain and headaches when you wake up and as the day progresses, you may want to visit our clinic so our dentists can have a look at your teeth.
If you want more information about grinding teeth and night guards, feel free to contact Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 at any time.