Nightguards

Nightguards

Many individuals experience a sore or achy jaw upon waking in the morning. It is frequently linked to a disorder called bruxism, characterized by clenching or grinding of the teeth. It is estimated that approximately 10-15% of the population is affected by this condition.

Although a sore jaw may seem like a minor inconvenience, it can lead to premature dental wear and other issues related to the jaw. The good news is that treating bruxism is relatively straightforward with a nightguard device. Feel free to reach out to us to explore your options.

Nightguards are uncomplicated medical devices designed to safeguard your teeth during nighttime sleep. Various types of nightguards are available, and it is crucial to comprehend the strengths and weaknesses of each type. This understanding will enable you to make informed decisions in addressing bruxism and preserving dental health.

The most basic and economical form of nightguard is crafted from plastic or another soft material designed to cover the upper teeth. Available in various sizes, you simply insert it into your mouth at night. However, due to the lack of customization, these nightguards often result in an ill fit, causing discomfort that some patients find challenging to endure during sleep. Additionally, they may impede speech and breathing.

Another readily available option is the boil-and-bite style nightguard. Made from a soft thermoplastic material, it is immersed in hot water and then bitten by the patient. Through this process, the mouthguard molds closely to the teeth and gums. While offering a better fit than a standard nightguard, these can still be bulky and affect speech or breathing.

The third type of nightguard is a custom nightguard, tailored specifically for each patient. A mold of the teeth is taken, and a laboratory manufactures the nightguard accordingly. These custom nightguards are thinner and typically provide the best fit for your mouth, with minimal impact on speech and breathing.

If you believe a custom nightguard is the optimal choice, consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist for further evaluation.

It’s crucial to recognize a fundamental difference between a mouthguard and a nightguard, particularly regarding coverage. Mouthguards, typically employed for sports, aim to safeguard the entire tooth, encompassing both the tooth and the junction with the jawline. This comprehensive coverage includes the gumline.

Moreover, mouthguards are designed for shorter, active periods while we are awake. While the extended coverage of a mouthguard is advantageous during athletic activities, wearing it during sleep can lead to gum irritation. Additionally, it creates an environment conducive to bacterial growth along the gum lines throughout your sleep.

In contrast, nightguards exclusively cover the biting surfaces, allowing your gums to breathe freely while effectively shielding your teeth from potential harm.

If you’re contemplating the adoption of a nightguard to address bruxism, get in touch with us to explore the available choices. Moreover, if you need a personalized nightguard, we have the expertise to manage all the necessary steps to ensure it fits you perfectly. Reach out to us to assess your options and discuss the potential benefits of a nightguard in preventing teeth grinding during sleep.