Did you know that dentists do more than just attend to your teeth and gums? There are many dimensions to dentistry that our experts handle, including prescribing oral devices that can treat various issues. While you may have heard of mouthguards, you may not have heard enough about the use of night guards in dentistry. These are oral appliances that treat dental issues not commonly discussed by people when they refer to common or general dentistry.
If you are unsure whether you need a night guard, you should consult our dentists at Claremont Dental Group for to help you sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed rather than tired or in pain.
In dentistry, these oral appliances go by many names. They are referred to as either mouthguards, mouth protectors, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints. Their usage in dentistry differs between patients.
Technically, mouth protectors are made for the sole purpose of protecting your mouth. Some focus on protecting your teeth, while others work to protect your gums and jaws in addition. Either way, mouth guards are important for reducing the impact typical from dental injuries and traumas. It is why they are popular for athletes who play high-contact sports (like football) that increase their risks of dental trauma.
Night guards are not recommended for all patients. After your diagnosis, your dentist will best determine which treatment alternative best suits you. Night guards are only used for treating the following oral issues:
You may be a good candidate for night guards if you:
Unlike typical mouth protectors that you can get over the counter, night guards are most effective when they come from your dentist. A dentist starts with a routine exam, determines your need, and takes impressions. From there, the night guard will be created in a lab to your specific measurements. For a night guard to be effective, it must fit your mouth perfectly. Otherwise, the night guard you get can make your breathing worse and fail to achieve its purpose.
If you are unsure about your options regarding getting a night guard, reach out to our Prosthodontist in Claremont Dental Group for an elaborate consultation regarding your treatment alternatives.