If you can answer yes to the following questions you may benefit from a night guard:
Do you frequently wake up with a sore jaw?
Do you wake up with a Dull headache?
Do you wake up with tooth pain?
Have you noticed your teeth looking chipped and/or grinded down?
Have you noticed Swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching?
if you have answered yes to all or some of the questions you might have a condition called Bruxism, Teeth Grinding. Bruxism affects 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
Dr. Sinha normally recommends Night guards for this special type of condition.
This appliance is typically worn while sleeping through the night. The Night Guard will prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, and prevent you from chipping and cracking your teeth any further. it will also help relive any straining your jaw muscles.
At i2m Dental we make a customized guard that is made to your unique bite to ensure comfort.
We also do Atheletic Mouthware.
Types of Night Guards
There are at least three kinds of options available for night guards.
Over the Counter
These night guards can be found over the counter at any pharmacy. You will not have to show them a prescription or pay exorbitant prices for one of these. You can get one if you just want to try it out.
These kinds of mouth guards are designed especially with your dental needs in mind. The dental surgeon will take a mold of your mouth and send it over to a lab that specializes in creating mouth guards. These guards last a long time but cost a lot more as well. The protection they offer your teeth is remarkable; and they fit just right!
NTI Mouth Guard
Also known (not as commonly) as a nociceptive trigeminal inhibition splint, this kind of mouth guard is just a small version that covers the front teeth top and bottom. They are not only expensive but also problematic as they can end up changing the alignment of the teeth for the worse. Consult your dentist before using one of these in the long term.
Using a night guard means treating the symptom of the disease and not getting to the cause of it. If you want to stop yourself from grinding your teeth while you sleep, you can help yourself by preventing stress in your life, changing your diet and medication, or get your teeth aligned by a professional dental surgeon.