Do you grind or clench your teeth when sleeping? Do you wake up each morning with a sore jaw or pain around your cheeks?
This could be a sign of a condition called bruxism, where you grind or clench your teeth at night. Ignoring bruxism over time can lead not only to jaw pain but also erosion and cracking of the tooth enamel, plus weakening of your teeth.
Rather than putting up with jaw pain and the discomfort of bruxism, it could be time to talk to our Toronto and Cambridge dentists at Country Dental about the benefits of a customized mouth night guard for sleeping (also called dental night guards or mouth guards); to help you sleep and stop grinding and clenching your teeth.
In this Country Dental blog post, we will discuss the 5 key benefits of night mouth guards and why you should not only discuss bruxism mouth guards with your dentist but also seriously consider a custom dental mouth guard for other conditions such as snoring, TMJ, or persistent clenching of your jaw.
1. Get a Comfortable and Professionally Fit
Most over-the-counter drug store mouth guards offer DIY fitting and require you to boil the mouth guard to soften it up and then bite down on the softened plastic to create your mold. This can be tricky if you have never done this before, and the process usually does not capture the best or most accurate mold of your bite.
The best dental mouth guards are custom fitted to your mouth by your dentist for maximum comfort and effectiveness. Let your dentist take the most accurate mold of your mouth and bite so you get the best fitting and most comfortable mouth guard possible.
If you have invested in braces and orthodontic work, or have other serious dental considerations, you probably don’t want to be risking molding your own mouth guard at home just to save a little money. Have it done right by a qualified dentist.
2. Be Fitted with the Correct Type of Dental Mouth Guard
Did you know that when it comes to night mouth guards on the market, there is a wide range available that are made from all different types of materials?
For example, a mouth guard for teeth grinding is typically a laminate with a hard exterior and softer interior. If you are a heavy grinder, your custom teeth grinding mouth guard may be made from acrylic in order to withstand the powerful force your jaw is capable of exerting.
On the other hand, custom mouth guards for clenching teeth are often made from a softer rubber material to reduce the impact of a clenched jaw. Depending on your individual bruxism symptoms, our Cambridge and Toronto dentists can recommend the best type of dental night guard for you.
3. Get A Professional Assessment of Your Needs
Not only will our dental professionals assess your bruxism and the best type of mouth guard for your individual needs, your dentist will also check how your customized bruxism mouth guard fits in your mouth. If it is not quite right they can make adjustments. It is not possible to adjust or custom fit mouth guards that you order online or purchase in a drug store. There is no way of knowing if these over-the-counter mouth guards will even fit properly and provide the right level of protection against you grinding or clenching your teeth.
4. A Dentist Offers Ongoing Checks for Jaw & Bite Changes
Through regular dental exams, your dentist can monitor how your jaw is changing and if there are any significant changes in your bite that may affect the requirements of your dental mouth guard. Additionally, Country Dental in Cambridge and Toronto would be happy to tell you about other strategies you can use to help you deal with bruxism problems.
5. Get Financial Support for the Cost of Mouth Guards
Although most dental insurance plans do not cover customized dental mouth guards, at Country Dental we offer Health Smart Financial Service where you can get instant approval for a payment plan that works for you. This means you can start bruxism treatment right away rather than having to wait. Remember, the longer you wait to address grinding your teeth and bruxism, the more possible damage that can be done.
Learn more about TMJ and Bruxism and how a dental mouth guard can help remedy these conditions.
You can also contact Country Dental at our dental clinic closest to you:
Toronto Dental Clinic – 416-335-7377
Cambridge Dental Clinic – 519-620-7474