How a Mouthguard Can Protect Your Teeth While You Sleep
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Amir Sanjabi, DDS
Bruxism is a disorder where the patient grinds their teeth, often during sleep. There are a variety of ways to deal with bruxism and its effects, but one of the most common and effective ways is by implementing a night mouthguard. Although some sports shops sell boil-and-bake mouthguards, our team recommends a custom-fit night mouthguard for optimal protection, durability, and ease of use.
Benefits of a Night Mouthguard
A night mouthguard minimizes the effects of bruxism by acting as a protective layer between the upper and lower teeth, preventing the teeth from grinding together. A night mouthguard also acts as a cushion for the jaw muscles, reducing the pain of sore jaws when the patient awakens. Often, the night mouthguard is the only equipment needed to reduce or neutralize the effects of bruxism, such as sore jaws and sleepiness throughout the day.
Types of Night Mouthguards
A soft nightguard is used for mild cases of bruxism. It is specially designed to be adaptable and comfortable, and it is typically a low-cost solution. However, a soft nightguard is not durable and is not meant to act as a long-term solution. A dual laminate nightguard is soft on the inside and hard on the outside, and it is used for moderate cases of bruxism. This model lasts longer than a soft nightguard, though it is thicker and makes for a more difficult adaptation. Hard night guards are used for TMJ and are the most durable type of night mouthguard. It's great at preventing teeth from shifting, but it is the thickest and most expensive type of night mouthguard.
If you suspect that you grind your teeth at night, call our office for a consultation. Our team can perform diagnostic tests, advise you on treatment plans, and help you get a custom-made night mouthguard.