At our dental practice, we sometimes get patients who complain of morning headaches or pain in the jaws as soon as they wake up. Sometimes, they also find small traces of granular particles in their mouth, which can be small grains of the eroded and worn-out tooth enamel. Such symptoms could be the resultant of ‘bruxism’, which is the night-time subconscious teeth grinding.
What are nightguards?
Nightguards are protective appliances that are made from dental-grade plastic. You can put them on just before going to sleep so that they can prevent them from undergoing excessive wear. They resemble the shape of your teeth ridge and can be customized to fit them perfectly. This way, they would feel absolutely comfortable when you wear them and wouldn’t cause irritation against the teeth or gums.
Is a nightguard really necessary?
Absolutely! Nightguards help to preserve the natural enamel by preventing the grinding of the teeth. The natural tissues of the teeth, once lost, would not grow back over time or when you undergo treatment. Allowing the permanent teeth to wear and ground down to the size of stubs is not something wise. Getting a customized night-time mouth guard would not cost you much and would, most certainly, help you save a lot more money on restoring the worn-out teeth.
Several types of nightguards are available in stores that are essentially one-size-fits-all. They would most often be ill-fitting and can cause a lot of discomfort and pain in the teeth when you start using them. Hence, we suggest you get custom-fabricated nightguards from us that would fit perfectly on your teeth. We would take a highly precise mold of your teeth and fabricate the guard using it from dental-grade high-quality plastic. During the initial few days, you may find it a little weird to wear, but once you get used to it, you would hardly feel its presence.
Caring for the nightguard
Taking proper care of the nightguard can extend its life significantly. Every day, brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild toothpaste after you take it off in the morning to get rid of the saliva, food debris, and microbes. While wearing it, make sure you don’t chew on it as this could alter its shape and make it ill-fitting.
Call us at (831)-464-8286 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Boger for a consultation at our office in Capitola, CA.