When most patients think about mouthguards, they typically think of the mouthguards worn while playing sports, rather than something worn by patients as they sleep. Some patients need to wear a mouthguard while they sleep. While the mouthguards athletes wear are designed to protect the teeth and mouth from injury, absorbing the force of any impact, the ones worn at night are designed to protect the patient's teeth as well. They act as a barrier to keep the upper and lower teeth apart to stop the patient from grinding them as they sleep. When worn correctly, they can help to stop the pain and dull ache patients feel while grinding their teeth. It can also stop toothaches and headaches too.
Any patient experiencing problems with grinding their teeth and who would like to know more about mouthguards should come to our office to see us and find out all of the details. Our Bonnie & Simone office is located in Norfolk, VA. Come see us today and get all the information available about mouthguards and how they can benefit you.
Bruxism is the medical term used to describe the clenching of the patient's jaw and grinding of teeth. Mouthguards can combat the various symptoms brought on by bruxism. It is important when looking for a mouthguard, also known as a nightguard, to get one that completely covers the upper jaw and teeth. It needs to feel comfortable in the patient's mouth as well, otherwise they will not wear it. When worn correctly, mouthguards can help alleviate migraines, difficulty sleeping, TMJ pain, and jaw soreness. Other reported symptoms that can be alleviated include neck, back, and ear pain.
Types of Mouthguards
There are various types of mouthguards available. The least expensive ones are called stock mouthguards and are designed with a one-size-fits-all mentality. Boil and bite mouthguards are also available and generally fit a bit better. Custom-made mouthguards are the best fitting mouthguards available, and the type of mouthguard we recommend here at Bonnie & Simone.
For those patients who wake up with headaches or have a difficult time sleeping, they should come to see us at our Bonnie & Simone office for an evaluation to determine if they are suffering from bruxism. We can also be reached by calling (757) 540-1028.