At Montana Dental Arts, we offer top quality athletic mouthguards and protective night guards to shield your teeth from impact or bruxism.
Night guards are custom-made dental appliances designed to protect teeth against the damaging effects of bruxism, a condition characterized by the grinding or clenching of teeth, especially during sleep. These guards act as a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing them from coming into direct contact and reducing the wear and tear caused by bruxism. By absorbing the forces generated during grinding, night guards not only safeguard the teeth from fractures and erosion but also alleviate the associated symptoms such as jaw pain and headaches, promoting better oral health and a more restful night’s sleep. Schedule your appointment at Montana Dental Arts to get fitted for your night guard.
What can happen if bruxism is left untreated?
If bruxism is left untreated, it can lead to several dental and overall health issues. The continuous grinding and clenching of teeth can result in tooth damage, including fractures, enamel erosion, and sensitivity. Untreated bruxism may also cause jaw pain, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), and chronic headaches. Moreover, the increased pressure and strain on the teeth and jaws can contribute to long-term complications such as tooth loss, and the poor quality of sleep associated with bruxism may result in fatigue and other negative impacts on one’s overall well-being.
Do I need a custom-fit night guard?
Whether or not you need a custom-fit night guard depends on your specific situation. If you suspect that you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) and it’s causing dental problems, jaw pain, or other related issues, it’s advisable to consult a dentist. A custom-fit night guard, also known as an occlusal splint or a mouthguard, is typically the most effective solution for protecting your teeth and managing bruxism. These guards are tailored to your mouth’s unique shape, providing optimal protection and comfort. While over-the-counter night guards are available, they may not offer the same level of protection and comfort as custom-fit ones. Your dentist can assess your condition and recommend the best course of action, which may include a custom-fit night guard if necessary.
Need a Night Guard?
If you have more questions about night guards, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.