Nightguards & Mouthguards
What is a Mouthguard?
Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw, teeth, tongue and soft tissue of the mouth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, baseball or any other activities where your mouth may be hit. While a mouthguard can be purchased at local stores, the mouthguards made in a dental office are custom made to fit your mouth.
Treatment consists of two appointments. One for impressions of the mouth and the second to deliver the nightguard and make any necessary adjustments to ensure an accurate fit.
The same process is followed for Protective Nightguards. A nightguard is recommended for patients who clench and/or grind their teeth, whether during the day or while sleeping. Both mouthguards and nightguards are made of soft, flexible, or hard plastic. The dentist will assess your specific needs and recommend the best option for you. On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years.
Bruxism, more commonly referred to as the grinding or clenching of teeth, is a subconscious habit responsible for causing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems as well as the wearing down of teeth.
While bruxism is very common, its origin differs from patient to patient and is most often associated with anxiety and stress. Emotional tension, anger and frustration can cause people to start grinding their teeth in response to stressful times in their lives.
Despite its widespread occurrence, many people who suffer from bruxism are not even aware of the problem since most people only experience it while asleep. Although symptoms may not always be present, there are a number of clues that may signal you are suffering from bruxism:
- Waking up in the morning with a headache or facial tension/pain that dissipates as the day goes along
- Teeth that suddenly become sensitive to hot and cold
- Teeth whose chewing surfaces have become dull and flat
If it is determined that you suffer from bruxism, we can custom fabricate an appliance (night guard) that can be worn during sleep or at home. This comfortable appliance will help prevent damage to your teeth and alleviate any of the discomfort associated with bruxism. In most cases, simply wearing a nightguard will eliminate the problem. If the condition persists, however, we can suggest a number of alternative treatments and relaxation methods that may relieve the symptoms.
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We would love to discuss your options! Please call 660-747-9117 to make an appointment. We serve Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City and surrounding areas. Thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg, Oak Grove and Windsor.