Roane Family Dental can fit you with a custom mouthguard to wear at night. We recommend nighttime mouthguards for some patients prone to grinding their teeth at night. Here is a brief introduction to our custom mouthguards and why they might be right for you. Nighttime grinding frequently results in pain in the jaws or headaches during the day in addition to interrupting sleep. When you visit our office, our friendly and professional dentists will examine your teeth and discuss any ongoing dental issues with you to determine if you are a good candidate for one.
Why Might I Need a Nighttime Mouthguard?
Grinding teeth at night is a common problem, also known by a medical term called bruxism. This can be caused by stress or unknown causes. In the long term, chronic teeth grinding can damage the teeth as well as the protective enamel, leading to pain and major repair work in the future. A properly fitted custom mouthguard, made especially for your teeth for a perfect fit, can prevent this grinding and protect your dental health. Mouthguards can also benefit those suffering from sleep apnea, in hopes to reduce snoring and relieving the obstruction.
Types of Nighttime Mouthguards
There are commonly available conventional mouthguards available for purchase in many retail outlets. While these devices are better for protecting your teeth than nothing, they are not ideal because they do not conform to the exact shape of your teeth. They tend to be produced with cheaper plastic material, do not last as long, and do not fit as well as custom mouthguards. Many patients who have tried store-bought mouthguards for nighttime protection report discomfort when they wear them, a problem likely caused by their poor fitting. Because of this, we recommend our custom mouthguards.
While it is true that conventional mouthguards are cheaper, we ask our patients to consider the long-term cost-effectiveness of our custom mouthguards. An expertly molded custom mouthguard can often last for years rather than months as well as providing superior functionaliaty.
NTI Mouthguards vs. Fully Protective Mouthguards
NTI, which stands for nociceptive trigeminal inhibition splint, mouthguards cover only the top and bottom front teeth. In many cases, only fitting a mouthguard for the front teeth can protect the teeth from nighttime grinding well. However, in patients with extreme grinding, we can form a custom mouthguard that protects the entire rows of teeth on the top and bottom.
How are Our Custom Mouthguards Made?
We have extensive experience customizing mouthguards using durable material and the latest technology. The first step is to take a mold of your mouth. Once we have done that, we create your mouthguard called a custom vacuum-formed mouthguard. We then allow you to wear the mouthguard to make sure it fits snugly, altering it if necessary. The result is a high-quality, long-lasting device that prevents grinding while you sleep.
If you are interested in a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth from nighttime grinding, please contact Roane Family Dental at (503) 974-0464. We will schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you and work with your insurance provider to make sure your mouthguard is covered.
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