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Certain sports can be detrimental to your oral health if there is the potential for your mouth to sustain any sort of rough impact. Different than a night guard that’s designed to prevent tooth grinding during your sleep, a mouth guard is a molded device that absorbs a hit to the mouth.
Making a customized mouth guard is a fairly simple process and is well worth the effort – a mouth guard from Silver Lake Family Dental will work to protect your smile and keep your teeth healthy for many of your active years.
Despite our best efforts to relax during the day, sometimes we take our stress with us to bed and can end up grinding or clenching our teeth while we sleep. Called bruxism, it’s a very common issue that we see at Silver Lake Family Dental. While it may seem like a small issue, this grinding and clenching can lead to a host of issues including TMJ, tooth loss, and the degradation of your enamel.
If we suspect signs of bruxism during your regular checkup, we may recommend the use of a night guard. Made from plastic and specially molded to your mouth, a night guard acts as a cushion while you sleep. It’s important to understand that it doesn’t stop your bruxism but rather is present to take the brunt of your jaw motions rather than directly affecting your teeth.
A properly fitted night guard will be very comfortable, so it’s important to have our experienced team spend time with you to create a mold that’s just right. A night guard that doesn’t fit well can actually create the potential for further damage, so at Silver Lake Family Dental we place a high importance on this little piece of plastic.
Sometimes, patients are surprised by the cost of a night guard, but remember, having to get restorative dental work is far more expensive than the one-time cost of a night guard. If you think you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night, contact our office to learn more about how a night guard could help.