The term "night guard" refer to the same basic appliance, a plastic covering that is worn over the teeth for protection. There are three major types of mouthguards: stock protectors, boil and bite protectors, and custom-fit protectors. The first two options are store-bought and inexpensive. However, they are usually bulky, uncomfortable, and less effective than the custom-fit alternative. At Parkway Dentistry at Langtree, we specialize in custom-fit night guards since we believe they are the ideal solution, whether you need one for physical activities or to combat bruxism.
Why You May Need a Night Guard
A night guard is one of the best ways to treat nocturnal bruxism. The plastic appliance will shield your enamel from the pressures of your bite. Your night guard may take some getting used to, but after about a week it will begin to feel normal. Because it is custom-fit, you should not experience any pain or discomfort. If you chose not to wear a night guard, you might be putting yourself at risk for serious complications later down the line. Stress-reduction techniques are also a popular way to reduce the harmful effects of bruxism.
Those with bruxism may experience the following symptoms:
|TMJ disorders or pain in the jaw
|Swelling on the side of the lower jaw
|Damaged teeth or broken dental appliances
|Persistent facial pain
|Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
|Grinding sounds during sleep, usually reported by a sleep partner
|Pain or discomfort when opening the mouth
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you could benefit from a night guard, call (704) 662-0021 and schedule your consultation appointment now!