Pro Dental Care
General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry
located in South Elgin, IL & Sleepy Hollow, IL
Mouth guards and night guards can play a central role in supporting your overall dental health. At Pro Dental Care in South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, Dr. Rick Brar can create custom mouth guards that address your dental needs while also integrating easily into your lifestyle. If you’re interested in learning more, schedule an appointment at Pro Dental Care today. You can book online or over the phone.
What are mouth guards?
Mouth guards are devices that cover and protect your teeth from damage. Guards worn during your waking hours are usually just called mouth guards, while those worn during sleep are usually called night guards.
Most mouth guards are only worn over your upper teeth, although there are cases where a lower mouth guard is also necessary. It’s important to work with the skilled dentists at Pro Dental Care to get a custom mouth guard that is both comfortable and effective.
Mouth guards are worn during athletic pursuits that carry a high risk of facial trauma. Potential damage includes:
- Jawbone fracture
- Damaged or lost teeth
- Oral lacerations
Many sports involve a risk of facial trauma, and even activities like biking and inline skating carry a risk, so consider wearing a mouth guard during any activity that could damage your teeth.
What is a night guard?
A night guard is a special mouth guard worn during sleep to protect your teeth from damage due to clenching and grinding. The act of teeth grinding is a condition called bruxism, and is very common.
If you grind your teeth during sleep, you can wear away the enamel. You can also place undue pressure on your teeth, weakening them and increasing the risk of fracture.
Many men and women are unaware they grind their teeth during sleep. Symptoms of bruxism include:
- Pain in your face, jaw, or neck
- Sleep disruption
- Abrasions inside your cheeks
- Tooth sensitivity or pain
- Flattened or worn teeth
- Tight or tired jaw muscles
Very often your sleep partner will let you know you’re grinding your teeth, as the sound can be very disruptive.
Why choose custom mouth or night guards?
There are over-the-counter mouth guards available, which are commonly called boil-and-bite guards. They are designed to fit a wide range of mouth shapes and sizes, and you simply drop them into boiling water for a period of time to soften the plastic before you bite down to mold the material to fit your teeth.
These products cannot match the custom fit available from Pro Dental Care. If you’re going to need to wear your mouth guard frequently during athletic training and play, it makes sense to get a custom guard that offers the highest level of protection and is also comfortable to wear.
A poor-fitting night guard can make it difficult to get a solid night’s sleep because you can find yourself constantly trying to adjust the fit for comfort. Bruxism is a serious dental problem that can have lasting effects, so invest in a professional night guard that will last for many years to come.
To learn more about mouth guards and how they can protect your teeth, book a visit at Pro Dental Care online or by phone. We have two dental offices for your convenience – Sleepy Hollow and South Elgin.