Nightguards and Mouthguards
A nightguard is a plastic shield used at night to protect the teeth from wear due to jaw clenching and grinding of the teeth. This is a common condition which affects both adults and children. Symptoms include excessive tooth wear, headaches, jaw and ear pain (most noticeably first thing after waking) and damage to the jaw joint. A nightguard is worn either over the lower or upper teeth and creates a shield between the teeth to prevent clenching, grinding and tooth wear.
We take an impression of your teeth and a nightguard is created that customs fits your teeth. Over the counter nightguards or mouthguards are not recommended for night wear because they are not as effective and may create discomfort.
It is important to wear the nightguard every night to reduce problems associated with grinding and clenching. Some patients may eventually stop over time. Maintenance of the nightguard is simply brushing and rinsing after each use.
A mouthguard (or sportguard) is a device that is used during the day to aid in the prevention of injury to the teeth, lips, tongue and gums during physical activity. While the number of mouth injuries caused by sports activities is relatively low, the cost of these injuries is relatively high, especially if there is damage to the teeth. Depending on the type and extent of injury, a single blow to the mouth may result in months or even years of treatment. When you are hit in the mouth or jaw, a mouthguard acts as a cushion that redistributes the force of the blow, so the impact is absorbed more evenly. They even help reduce the chance of concussion from a severe blow.
As with nightguards, we will take an impression of your teeth and create a custom-fitting appliance.