Night Mouth Guard For Teeth Grinding

by Samantha on January 7, 2011

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can be a truly miserable condition for people that suffer from it. Your teeth can be worn down and broken from the constant involuntary grinding of your teeth together. In addition, you can develop migraine type headaches and facial pain. If you’re someone that has bruxism, you may want to consider getting a mouth guard to help squelch that teeth grinding.

There are two kinds of mouth guards: over the counter and custom made ones. Of these two, the over the counter type is the most popular. This is most likely due to the fact that they are cheaper, making them more affordable. In this way, everyone that needs a mouth guard is able to buy one.

Custom made mouth guards are bought through your dentist’s office. Your dentist will take molds of your teeth and send these molds off to a laboratory where they will be used to make a custom fitted mouth guard for you. While infinitely more effective than those bought over the counter, they also cost quite a bit more and can take a while to actually reach you.

Using a mouth guard while sleeping is very important in helping bruxism patients. They protect your teeth’s surface, making sure that the teeth grinding doesn’t chip the enamel on them or wear down the sharpness. If you happen to have bruxism and also wear dentures, severe teeth grinding can ruin your dentures. Mouth guards can keep these things from happening.

Severe headaches and facial pains can result from bruxism. Mouth guards can prevent these headaches and other related pains by keeping the teeth from grinding against each other while you sleep. This is one of the main reasons that custom fitted mouth guards work better than over the counter ones. If you have an over the counter mouth guard, the fit will not be as good as a custom fitted one and has a tendency to come loose during the night if you start grinding your teeth.

Mouth guards can be made from a hard acrylic or a more pliable rubber. Typically, the acrylic ones are better for you as they are usually the ones that are custom fitted for you by your dentist and sent away to a laboratory to be made. Over the counter ones are cheaper but made of rubber that can tend to become loose during the night as your jaws clench involuntarily and your teeth start to grind together.

Over the counter mouth guards are better than nothing if you really cannot afford to have one custom made for your teeth. However, if you can possibly afford to let your dentist make a mold of your teeth and have a custom made guard, you’ll find that, in the long run, it will actually save you money by lessening your bruxism.

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