Bruxing or teeth grinding can cause serious problems, not only for patients, but for the people that live with them as well. A night guard is a custom-made appliance that a person wears during sleep to prevent the harmful effects of a teeth grinding habit. Some warning signs of bruxism include regularly waking up with a sore jaw, headache or earache, or teeth that appear worn or jagged at the edges.
A sport guard is a custom-made appliance created for athletes and physically active people to wear during sport or competitive physical activity to prevent injury to the jaw and teeth. By wearing a sport guard, you’ll be significantly reducing your risk of dental chipping or fracture, as well as preventing your teeth from becoming dislodged or lost – all problems that require certain dental procedures to fix.
Mouth&Night Guards FAQ
Mouth Guard or Night Guard: What is the difference?
IMAGE Mouth guards are used mainly to prevent sport related injuries to your mouth and night guards are used for several reasons, usually night time bruxism (teeth grinding, jaw pain, earaches or headaches).
NIGHT GUARDS: This is an easy way to treat bruxism. Often patients have no idea that they grind in their sleep which could be caused by several factors: stress, school, work or abnormal bite. It is very important this doesn't go untreated because it can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations and even tooth loss. The earlier you stop the damage, the better the prognosis.
A professionally made night guard is custom fitted to ensure comfort and a proper fit. They are not one size fits all. A store bought guard could cause more damage to teeth, gums and TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Once your dental night guard is in place, you can sleep soundly knowing that even if you do grind your teeth once you're asleep, your upper and lower teeth will no longer make contact.
Remember, your teeth deserve a rest, and so do you. Whether this is a temporarily situation or not the damage that you may be doing can mean expensive repair in the future.
MOUTH GUARDS: Injuries to the mouth and jaw are very common injuries to athletes especially when playing contact sports such as hockey, football, boxing, basketball rugby just to mention a few. While most of these sports will supply helmets, goggles, pads, as standard safety equipment it is also very important to remember to protect your teeth as well.
Mouth guards offer an easy, reliable method to cushion your teeth during athletic and recreational activity. Besides cushioning your teeth from unnecessary force, using a mouth guard can prevent injury to the lips, tongue, face and jaw. Research has also shown mouth guards top protect against concussions. Patients who wear braces should be especially careful to protect their mouths during physical activity.
What is a MouthGuard?
A mouthguard (also known as a mouth protector, mouth piece or gumshield) is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, lips and gums. Mouthguards are most often used to prevent injury in contact sports.
Why should i wear a custom made MouthGuard?
To protect your mouth from injuries. The dental profession unanimously supports the use of custom made mouthguards in a variety of sports activities.
More than 200,000 injuries to the mouth and jaw occur each year.
Do MouthGuards prevent injury?
A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries such as concussions, incidents of unconsciousness, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw.
What if my child has Loosen or Missing teeth?
It is fine to take the impression (mould) with missing teeth and also for kids with erupting teeth and mixed dentition.