A mouthguard is a transparent dental device that covers the biting surface of your teeth. They’re worn at night to prevent teeth grinding (bruxism) and offer many benefits.
At Pro Dental Care, dentists Rick Brar, DMD, and Irej Aslam, DDS, offer custom mouthguards with your ideal bite in mind. We evaluate the ideal position of your jaw to create the perfect mouthguard tailored to your specific needs. Keep reading to learn more about the many benefits of custom mouthguards.
Protects your teeth
Wearing a nightguard prevents your top and bottom teeth from having contact, which prevents teeth grinding. Because it occurs while you’re sleeping, you don’t have much control over whether you grind your teeth.
This makes a nightguard an essential part of treating teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can cause various problems, including wearing down your teeth and causing damage, such as chips and cracking.
Eliminates headaches and pain
Teeth grinding is a common cause of morning headaches. If you wake up with a headache, nighttime teeth grinding may be to blame. Clenching your jaw while you sleep at night causes jaw pressure and tension that can lead to headaches and neck pain. Wearing a night guard not only protects your teeth, but also prevents headaches.
Prevents jaw problems
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull. Teeth grinding places excessive pressure and tension on the TMJ, which can cause jaw pain and dysfunction of this crucial joint.
Wearing a mouthguard keeps the jaw in a relaxed position, which both prevents jaw problems and helps to treat TMJ dysfunction.
If you’re keeping your partner up at night with your loud snoring, a custom night guard can help you both get some rest. Commonly called a snore guard, a night guard can be designed to prevent snoring.
This type of mouthguard gently moves the jaw forward into a position that helps keep the airway open. This greatly reduces, and in many cases eliminates snoring.
Helps you get a good night’s rest
Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth are nightly habits that can interfere with your sleep quality. You may be unknowingly sabotaging your sleep every night. Because night guards prevent teeth clenching and relieve discomfort, they can help you get a good night’s sleep.
Treats sleep apnea
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea — a condition that causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, a custom mouthguard called a mandibular advancement device (MAD) can relieve your symptoms.
This type of mouthguard goes over the upper and lower dental arches and gently moves the lower jaw forward to keep your airway open while you sleep.
Protects teeth in sports
Custom mouthguards are beneficial for all sports where there’s a risk of dental injury from contact with another player or sports equipment. They’re comfortable to wear and keep your pearly whites safe while you play.
To learn more about how our customized mouth guards can help you, reach out to a friendly and knowledgeable member of our team by calling or booking online today with one of our providers. We have an office in South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, and look forward to helping you keep your smile bright.