Custom Nightguard in Mississauga
If you often wake up with jaw pain, headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called bruxism.
This teeth grinding can be due to stressful situations, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations, or even tooth loss.
What Is A Nightguard And Why Do I Need One?
There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding cause over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.
Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are two basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made nightguard, and a custom-made nightguard from our office. When you choose a nightguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. A nightguard created in our office will fit all these requirements, as it will be custom-made just for your teeth.
What Happens If I Don’t Wear A Nightguard?
If you have been recommended a nightguard, it’s because signs of damage have been seen on your teeth, gums, muscles or jaws. Often, this clenching and grinding happens when you are asleep so you don’t have control over it. This is why nightguards are so important in protecting you against this subconscious habit. Not wearing a nightguard when it’s needed can cause:
- Cracked Teeth: The outer surface of your teeth, the enamel, is the hardest substance in your body. Although it’s the hardest, it’s not meant to absorb forces heavier than normal chewing. Clenching during sleep can crack teeth that are otherwise perfectly healthy. These cracks can also allow bacteria to penetrate the tooth, making cavities more common.
- Worn Tooth Structure (Attrition): Attrition occurs when grinding causes the enamel to slowly wear away, resulting in flattened and shortened teeth. Heavy wear can result in the enamel to completely be worn away, exposing the inner tooth structure, the yellow-coloured dentin.
- Headaches and Facial Pain: Grinding your teeth can cause the muscles around your jaw to become sore and also result in headaches early in the morning.
The Terrible Things That Happen When You Grind Your Teeth
Treatments for the issues that can arise due to grinding your teeth are often expensive. Taking a preventative approach and wearing a nightguard to avoid the need for extensive dental treatment in the future is a worthwhile investment.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover A Custom Nightguard?
A nightguard is often covered by many dental insurance plans and it will also prevent you from spending far more later to fix damaged and painful teeth. Especially if you’ve had any cosmetic dentistry done, such as dental veneers, you want to make sure you protect your investment. Our experienced Team at Britannia Dental is happy to contact your insurance to find out your coverage for you.
How Can I Get A Customized Nightguard In Mississauga?
Getting fitted for your custom nightguard is a simple and fast process. During your next visit, we’ll get a 3D mold of your teeth using our iTero Digital Scanner. Then we send it out to the lab that will make the guard personalized to your teeth. While one-size-fits-all nightguards can be slightly tweaked to fit your mouth, a custom-fit nightguard is the best solution, as it will ensure every tooth is fully cushioned. You’ll return in a few days to try the guard on and make sure it fits comfortably then we’ll send you home for a much better sleep!
You’ll sleep better — and feel better — with a nightguard to combat teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Call 905-785-1412, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to book your appointment today to get started at Britannia Dental Care Mississauga.