When the vast majority of patients hear the word "mouthguard," they typically think of the kind of mouthguards worn while playing sports, rather than something patients wear while they sleep. Those kinds of mouthguards can be seen hanging from the facemasks of football players on television. Also, basketball players can be seen taking them in and out of their mouths while they come off the bench.
While those mouthguards serve an important function, they are not the only kind of mouthguard. Many patients need to wear one while they sleep to protect their teeth. Just like football players, who wear mouthguards to protect themselves from injury, the ones patients wear at night are designed to protect the patient’s teeth. They provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth. Keeping them apart helps to stop the patient from grinding their teeth as they sleep. If worn with regularity, they can help stop the pain and dull ache patients experience when they grind their teeth together. Wearing a mouthguard can also stop headaches and generalized tooth pain.
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The medical term describing the grinding of teeth and the clenching of the jaw is known as bruxism. The condition can be severe. Mouthguards can diminish the symptoms of bruxism. When selecting an appropriate mouthguard, it is important it does not completely cover the upper and lower teeth. Comfort is very important too.
If the patient feels the mouthguard is uncomfortable, they will not wear it. It has to fit properly and fit comfortably in the patient’s mouth. No one wants to use something that does not fit correctly. If it causes pain or rubs the soft tissue of the oral cavity raw, they will not use it. Patients should also realize that when first wearing a mouthguard, there is an adjustment period. The mouthguard might feel a bit bulky and uncomfortable at first, but this will pass. When worn appropriately, mouthguards can help to alleviate difficulty sleeping, migraines, TMJ pain, and jaw soreness.
Different Types of Mouthguards
While many patients might seek coupons to find the best deal available for groceries and products, with mouthguards it is a little different. The important thing to realize is the range of cost between the most expensive and least expensive mouthguards is negligible. This is oral cavity health we are talking about. Stock mouthguards are the least expensive variety and provide a one-size-fits-all method for sizing. The boil and bite mouthguards are a step up from the stock mouthguards. They fit considerably better than the one-size-fits-all style. The most expensive style of mouthguard is also the best fitting. They are custom-made to fit the exact specifications of the patient’s mouth.
Anyone interested in finding out more about mouthguards is invited to our Artistic Dental office. Our staff can also be reached by calling us at (848) 222-3984.