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Mouth Guard

Mouth Guards are a great solution to prevent damage to your teeth from Sports or Tooth grinding
Mouth Guards
Mouth Guards are a great solution to prevent damage to your teeth from Sports or Tooth grinding

Types of Dental Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.

There are three types of mouth guards:

  1. Stock mouth protectors are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection. These are normally used during Sports where your teeth may become damaged..

  2. Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Put simply, bruxism is teeth grinding. More accurately, bruxism describes a range of related behaviours including teeth grinding, gnashing and clenching of the jaw. Bruxism is usually a subconscious behaviour performed during sleep.

Teeth grinding and clenching can permanently damage one's teeth as the enamel is worn away. However, bruxism leads to other problems as well (both short-term and long-term) such as headaches and disorder of the TMJ.

Solution to Tooth Grinding

Custom fitted mouth guards work by separating the teeth and preventing grinding. You can then see if you're still grinding by checking the wear and tear on the guard. They can take some time to get used to but but they stop your face and jaw aching and reduce the likelihood of you breaking your teeth. You only have to wear the guard at night but you may need to continually use it if your grinding has become an intractable habit.