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Many people clench or grind their teeth, usually at night while sleeping. However, some people also do this while awake during extreme periods of stress or boredom. This is called Bruxism. Bruxism can be very damaging, resulting in worn teeth, mobile teeth, sore muscles, and stiff and painful jaw joints (TMJs). If left untreated, over time, teeth can become more sensitive and destroyed to the point of needing extraction. The chronic grinding creates muscle tension in the face, neck, head and shoulders ending in frequent headaches or pain in facial tissues. Stress placed on the TMJ causes inflammation or derangements of the joint disc and ligaments referred to as Temperomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
Correcting problems with damaged or lost teeth and TMD can require extensive dental work such as crowns, bridges, dentures, or dental implants. In some extreme cases total reconstruction, including surgery is needed to correct TMD issues.
A custom fitted, hard, transparent device that covers all of the teeth in one arch (usually the upper arch), can help protect you from the damage of Bruxism. It should be worn at night or any time you find yourself bruxing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]
It is worthwhile to use a nightguard if:
- Cost-wise to prevent future dental work
- Health-wise to prevent teeth, joint and facial pain and deformity
A nightguard can also help protect all the expensive dental work you have already invested in!
The national youth sports foundation estimates that more than 5 million teeth are knocked out each year. In football, where mouth guards are mandatory, only .07% of all injuries involve teeth. However, in basketball, where mouth guards are not worn, 34% of injuries involve teeth or the oral cavity. Cost to replace a single, knocked out tooth (besides the emotional trauma!) can cost 20 times the prevention cost of a professional grade mouthguard.
Boil and bite mouth guards, found in sporting goods stores, are less expensive but not as effective as custom mouthguards made in our office. They do not fit as accurately, are often uncomfortable, and frequently interfere with breathing or speaking.
We make custom fitted mouthguards from impressions of your teeth, from laminated EVA© material, designed to your specific sport.
Mouthguards are recommended for:
- Martial Arts
- Mountain Biking
Or any other activity that could result in contact to the mouth or face!