A guard to prevent bruxing (grinding or clenching) in your sleep can cost up to $500 out of pocket, depending on the type you choose.
If your insurance does cover the cost of a nightguard, it’s likely to apply only once in your lifetime. If you need a nightguard one time, you may need more since one won’t last you forever. Those future appliances will have to be paid for out of pocket.
With so many generic one-size-fits-all mouthguards on the market, is it really worth investing in a professionally made mouth splint?
The Right Fit for Your Bite
Professional mouthguards are designed to fit unique needs like a cross-bite or crooked teeth. Generic guards may not be so comfortably accommodating.
Get Personalized Night Guard Adjustments
If you go with send-away or boil-and-bite mouthguard varieties, then you may not get much help if something doesn’t fit right.
It’s really worth the added cost to have your nightguard made by someone you can visit personally for adjustments.
Your Dental Work Is a Bigger Investment
A night guard isn’t just something you buy because all the cool kids are getting one. It’s an expensive appliance because it has a big role to play. A bruxism guard protects your teeth from biting and grinding forces and it also preserves any existing costly dental work you may have already invested in.
You’d hate to see hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of crowns, fillings, and veneers go to waste because of your bruxism habit! If you want your dental restorations to last as long as possible, then a quality night guard is worth every penny.
For help in affording a high-quality and reasonably-priced night guard, ask your dentist about a financing plan.
Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, commonly happens at night during sleep. The habit can wear down enamel, fracture teeth, loosen restorations, accelerate gum recession, and cause TMJ complications.
You’ve already heard about how dangerous bruxism can be so you’ve come here to find a way to kick the habit. But really, how much control do you have over the situation since it only happens while you’re asleep?
Here are a few tips that may help.
By providing the right mental “environment” for your over-active jaw, you can potentially minimize conditions that commonly precede a bruxing episode:
Soothe Your Jaw
Your cheek muscles do a lot of work when you grind your teeth. It’s helpful to provide some soothing relief to those aching muscles, from time to time. Try a warm wet washcloth and gentle massaging to provide relief.
Save Your Teeth
While bruxism can be tough to prevent, you can avoid the damage to your teeth and jaw. A professionally-made night guard worn while you sleep can make a big difference. It prevents your teeth from closing together completely and damaging each other.
Your dentist is your best resource in your fight to save your smile from bruxism. Regular dental checkups will help you stay on top of any damages or alert you to warning signs. A dentist will also help you figure out whether a night guard is necessary to protect your teeth.
Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
Traumatic injuries from recreational sports frequently involve the face and teeth. High school and college athletes are often required by sports organizations to wear a mouth guard in order to prevent lip lacerations and fractured teeth, but not all mouth guards are created equal. Choosing a properly fitted mouthguard is the only way to ensure that the device will do what it’s meant to: protect the athlete.
Finding the right guard can be difficult. There are several over the counter guards available at sporting good retailers, but these guards are made in a way so that they will fit into nearly any size or shape of mouth. As a result, the bulky guard is uncomfortable, tedious to wear and isn’t worn at all. Bulky guards fail to protect the teeth when trauma occurs, and can fall out, preventing injury from recurrent trauma.
The best mouth guard will fit securely in place, be comfortable and allow the athlete to speak, breathe or drink water while wearing it without needing to take it out. Your dentist can create a custom mouth guard that will stay in place by gently hugging individual teeth in a way that makes it easy to wear throughout your activity. Not only does a professionally made mouth guard protect you from fracturing your teeth, it also prevents lip trauma and possibly even reduces the risk of concussions.
For adults, a custom guard can last years. Younger patients require a new guard each season due to their growing, developing mouth. Improperly fitting guards can alter the position of the teeth and jaws, increasing the risk for injuries. Having a guard made is simple, just a quick impression is all that is needed and within a few days you’re ready to get active!
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