Jan 202015

Mouth Guards vs. Night Guards, Do You Need One?

Mouth guards are used mainly to prevent sport related injuries to your mouth and night guards are used for several reasons, usually night time bruxism (teeth grinding, jaw pain, earaches or headaches).

NIGHT GUARDS

This is an easy way to treat bruxism. Often patients have no idea that they grind in their sleep which could be caused by several factors: stress, school, work or abnormal bite. It is very important this doesn’t go untreated because it can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations and even tooth loss. The earlier you stop the damage, the better the prognosis. A professionally made night guard is custom fitted to ensure comfort and a proper fit. They are not one size fits all. A store bought guard could cause more damage to teeth, gums and TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Once your dental night guard is in place, you can sleep soundly knowing that even if you do grind your teeth once you’re asleep, your upper and lower teeth will no longer make contact. Remember, your teeth deserve a rest, and so do you. Whether this is a temporarily situation or not the damage that you may be doing can mean expensive repair in the future.

MOUTH GUARDS

Injuries to the mouth and jaw are very common injuries to athletes especially when playing contact sports such as hockey, football, boxing, basketball rugby just to mention a few. While most of these sports will supply helmets, goggles, pads, as standard safety equipment it is also very important to remember to protect your teeth as well. Mouth guards offer an easy, reliable method to cushion your teeth during athletic and recreational activity. Besides cushioning your teeth from unnecessary force, using a mouth guard can prevent injury to the lips, tongue, face and jaw. Research has also shown mouth guards top protect against concussions. Patients who wear braces should be especially careful to protect their mouths during physical activity. We will create a custom mouth guard designed special for your teeth which will best fit your mouth for comfort and protection.

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