Teeth-grinders, heed this: The earlier you catch the damage, the better your prognosis.
Want to know one excellent way to combat the bothersome habit of nighttime bruxism, or teeth grinding? Use of a night guard -- every time you sleep. If you think the trouble or expense of a dental night guard isn't worth it, or you aren't even entirely sure it's tooth-grinding behind what seem to be increasingly shorter teeth, headaches, jaw pain and a perturbed sleep partner, it's probably time to visit your dentist. Based on the amount of damage you may have already done and the symptoms you describe, your dentist can determine whether a night mouth guard is right for you.
Creating Your Dental Night Guard
Once your dentist determines that you're a good candidate for a night guard, he or she will create one that's custom-made for your mouth. A professionally made night guard for teeth is composed of soft material and slides over one row of your teeth. Once your dental night guard is in place, you can sleep soundly knowing that even if you do grind your teeth once you're asleep, your upper and lower teeth will no longer make contact. One example of a prescribed night mouth guard is the Sleep Right® night guard. The Sleep Right night guard is available in three formats: Slim-Comfort, Secure-Comfort and Dura-Comfort. The Sleep Right night guard is known for its comfortable, non-bulky fit.
It's important to note that a night guard isn't always covered by dental insurance. Given the out-of-pocket cost of a dental night guard -- it can be as much as $900 -- you may be tempted to purchase an over-the-counter version. While this type of night mouth guard might temporarily do the trick, it's not custom-fit to your mouth. The end result is that this store-bought night guard for teeth may be uncomfortable and make it nearly impossible to get a good night's sleep!
If a night guard is recommended for you and you don't have the funds, discuss your options. Believe it or not, your dentist is on your side! Many dental offices will set up payment plans or work with you to help you to get the dental treatment or dental night guard you need.