Mouth Guards/Night Guards
It’s estimated that close to 20% of adults suffer from the negative effects of grinding and clenching their teeth, often called bruxing. Tooth grinding typically occurs at night when patients have no way of knowing they even do it. If left untreated, bruxism can cause broken, chipped, or cracked teeth, headaches, and TMJ/TMD. A night guard is a common treatment to reduce these symptoms and protect your teeth.
SIGNS OF BRUXISM/TOOTH GRINDING
While your dentist at Broadway Dental Excellence is the best person to diagnose bruxism, there are several signs you should watch for in between visits including:
- Flat or chipped teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Waking up with sore jaw muscles
- Neck or facial pain
If you happen to notice any of these signs, we welcome you to give our dental office a call to schedule an appointment. We’ll perform a thorough evaluation in our office to determine if bruxism is the root of what you’re experiencing. If it is, we’ll talk with you about your treatment options and work together to decide which one may be best for you.
WHY GET A NIGHT GUARD FROM YOUR DENTIST?
There are two types of night guards: professional, custom-made and over-the-counter, boil and bite. While the night guards found at drugstores can work to reduce tooth grinding, there are several benefits to choosing a custom night guard made by a dentist.
To begin, custom-made night guards use detailed molds of your teeth, making them a more comfortable choice. Your dentist will also consider the alignment of your jaw during the fitting process to ensure your night guard won’t place unnecessary stress on the joint which could lead to other problems. Lastly, while a store-bought night guard may seem attractive at first, due to the lower cost, custom-made night guards usually last up to 10 years, making them a more cost-efficient option in the long run.
At Broadway Dental Excellence, our dentists can fit you with night guards — plastic mouthpieces that fit over your upper and lower teeth — to lessen the damaging effects of clenching or grinding your teeth. Night guards can also correct your bite by placing your teeth in their correct position.
ATHLETIC MOUTH GUARDS
If you or your kids play sports, you need a properly fitted sports guard to protect against damage to your teeth and dental work. After all, a single blow to your mouth can easily cause tooth fracture, tooth dislodgement, or damage to your crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, or dental implants. Athletic mouth guards that are form-fitted to the teeth prevent trauma to the teeth during athletic activity. Custom mouth guards fabricated by a dentist not only provide the best protection, but also remain in place better which makes it easier to breathe and speak during athletic activity.
All it takes to protect your teeth is one simple, painless visit. Each year, Broadway Dental Excellence protects the teeth of athletes from many of the greater Bangor area’s schools and colleges. Let us do the same for you!