Roughly one in ten adults suffer from bruxism or grinding of the teeth during sleep. Untreated bruxism can lead to:
Despite the discomfort caused by the condition, many sufferers are unaware their pain stems from an unfortunate habit.
While it’s always best to schedule an appointment with us for a complete assessment and diagnosis, common symptoms that indicate bruxism include:
For those who suffer from sleep apnea or excessive snoring, a mouth guard can reduce snoring and apneic events by pulling your lower jaw forward to open your airway.
For athletes, the consequences of foregoing a custom mouth guard are numerous. Permanent damage to the teeth is common in contact sports and while lifting; a custom athletic mouthguard can prevent this damage.
Nocturnal bruxism, or grinding your teeth at night, can cause severe jaw and tooth pain and wear to your teeth. Fabricating a custom mouthguard that you wear at night can protect your teeth and relieve the pain and headaches that are caused by grinding and clenching.
While commercial one-size-fits-all mouth guards have been historically popular, they are not without considerable faults. The “boil and bite” fitting method – in which you place the mouth guard in boiling water until it becomes pliable, and then bite down while still soft to mold the guard to your teeth – is imprecise and can be ineffective for creating a proper fit.
While manufacturers recommend using scissors to trim and shape their guards to enhance comfort, one-size-fits-all mouth guards are often still uncomfortable for prolonged use, a significant issue for both athletes and those suffering from bruxism.
Dentists take medical-grade molds of your teeth to create your mouth guard, allowing for a precise fit that can’t be matched by traditional methods like boil and bite.
Whether you’re worried about protecting your teeth during your next hockey match or mid-day nap, a custom mouth guard is an ideal option. Contact us at Dodge Dental Studio to get your ideal fit!