We at Lanier Valley Dentistry will be delighted to make a mouthguard for your night use. Mouthguards are usually worn over the teeth to shield them from possible mouth injuries. For people suffering from bruxism - a condition that is responsible for nocturnal jaw clenching and teeth grinding - wearing a mouthguard reduces the rate of clenching and grinding during the night. Wearing a mouthguard in the night can also provide relief from painful symptoms of bruxism such as chipped teeth, jaw pain, headaches, and reduced quality and duration of sleep. Mouthguards are also referred to as mouth protectors.
A mouthguard can also help to prevent snoring. It does this by holding the lower jaw into place, thus preventing it from slipping back into the mouth when sleeping. This has the effect of keeping the passageways clear, and this helps to prevent snoring. It can be a godsend not only for our clients but also for anybody that shares their bed with them.
There are specialized anti-bruxism mouthguards for jaw clenchers and teeth grinders. Some are customized for your mouth, and there are some that are already-made which may not fit well since they are not made with an impression of your mouth. The Boil and Bite Mouthguards are usually universal-made but can be trimmed to different sizes. The mouthguard is boiled in water to soften the plastic and then bitten to leave an impression of your teeth. With this, you can get a mouthguard that fits you properly.
Constructing the Mouthguard
Mouthguard construction is not a long process. The first step is to take an impression of your teeth. We do this by placing a tray loaded with impression material in your mouth. The material will harden and make an imprint of your teeth. The next step is for us to take the impression of your teeth to our special laboratory where your mouthguard will be made. When your mouthguard is ready, we will have you test it to be sure you are comfortable with it, if you can talk and breathe freely and if it fits well generally. Our mouthguards are made of durable BPA-free materials and have protective capabilities to give you the best use.
Don’t get a mouthguard, especially one for night use, without advice from our experts. You need our dentist to examine you to know the best mouthguard for you and how to go about getting it. Getting a night mouthguard that has been made for you by our professionals will mean that you get the best possible fit. This, in turn, means that you are more likely to be able to get a good night’s sleep while wearing them.
If you have any questions or want to know more about our mouthguards for night use, you can contact us at Lanier Valley Dentistry at (678) 802-8654. Our team looks forward to helping you in any way we can.