If you experience dull headaches, jaw soreness, or facial pain with seemingly no explanation, you may be grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding and clenching is also known as bruxism. This is very common, especially among adults with certain amounts of stress. Although teeth grinding is a common issue, it can have very negative effects on your teeth, jaws and mouth.
Mouthguards and night guards can help provide a buffer for your teeth and eliminate discomfort, especially if you’re dealing with problems like TMD resulting from teeth grinding. Visit Madison Yards Family Dentistry in Atlanta to be fitted for a custom mouthguard or night guard!
What Is a Mouthguard or Night Guard?
Night guard and mouthguard are terms that are often used interchangeably. Most people with jaw issues typically only need their mouthguard at night, but some people do wear them throughout the day as well. A mouthguard works by providing a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Providing this barrier helps to protect your jaw from overworking at night, thus eliminating discomfort in the morning and throughout the day. A mouthguard also protects your tooth enamel from wearing down. There are different types of mouthguards available, but the goal remains to stop your teeth and jaws from clenching, grinding, and causing issues down the road.
Types of Mouthguards
Mouthguards can be purchased over the counter or online. These won’t be custom-fit, but they may help with less severe cases. However, we recommend getting your mouthguard fitted at Madison Yards Family Dentistry. This is the best way to ensure the mouthguard will serve your precise needs. Types of mouthguards or night guards include:
Soft mouthguards are used for mild cases. These are typically the most comfortable, least costly option. However, they aren’t as durable as other types and aren’t recommended as a long-term solution. Some patients find that they unconsciously clench or chew on the soft material through the night, so this is not a good option for serious cases.
Dual laminate mouthguards are recommended for moderate cases of teeth grinding. They are both soft inside and hard outside, providing the right balance for moderate protection. These last longer than soft guards and can withstand heavy clenching, but you may find them harder to adjust to and larger than soft guards.
Hard mouthguards are intended for the most extreme cases of grinding and other severe jaw issues. They are often acrylic material and very durable. They also stop your teeth from shifting in addition to providing the grinding barrier. Keep in mind that hard mouthguards may be less comfortable than other types and will take some getting used to. You must meet with a dentist in order to get a hard mouthguard.
Schedule Your Appointment With Madison Yards Family Dentistry!
Don’t suffer through another night of teeth grinding. A mouthguard could be the answer to your problems! If you’re experiencing headaches, jaw pain, or overall oral discomfort, we can fit you with a customized night guard. Our dental office serves the Atlanta neighborhoods of Grant Park, Reynoldstown and Old Fourth Ward, and we look forward to helping you solve your dental issues. Make your appointment with Madison Yards Family Dentistry today. To get started, simply give us a call at (404) 836-4595 or fill out our online contact form.