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Do I Need a Nighttime Mouth Guard to Protect My Teeth?

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Sandra Embree
Do I Need a Nighttime Mouth Guard to Protect My Teeth?Have you ever started your morning routine with a great night's sleep only to discover a throbbing ache in your jaw?

Maybe your significant other has mentioned that you're making screeching and grinding noises periodically when you sleep.

There may be others who awaken with a sore jaw joint near the ears. These are signs of oral disorders that can damage teeth and cause pain regularly.  Using a nighttime mouthguard can help to avoid damaging teeth, reduce pain, and allow for a better night's rest.

Common Disorders Affecting Your Mouth at Night

The most common sleeping issue that affects your teeth is Bruxism. It is essentially the regular grinding of your teeth; It affects 10 to 15 percent of adults. The most common trigger for episodes is stress. It can cause broken, cracked, or chipped teeth. Less common is Temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ disorder. This is noted as pain that occurs in the joints of the jawbone.

The cause is difficult to diagnose, but repeated clenching of the jaw during the night can trigger pain and swelling. Talk with your dentist about any problems with your teeth that may have occurred. If you experience these problems, the next step is a comfortable mouthguard.

Types of Mouthguards

You have three different choices to consider when needing a mouthguard. You have stock mouthguards; they are widely available and affordable. Most sporting good and drug stores have them handy. They are made in one-size-fits all approaches, meaning they can be uncomfortable for extended use.

Boil-and-bite guards are found in most drugstores and are relatively inexpensive. You boil them to soften and then bite into them, customizing them for your teeth. Their thickness can be uncomfortable to some. Our office can design the most comfortable mouthguard by customizing it to your teeth. Many dental plans cover some or all of the costs.

If you grind your teeth, snore or have sleep apnea, our office can design a custom-made mouth piece that will assist with nighttime ailments. Customizing a mouthguard will protect your teeth from many situations, for example, sporting events, teeth grinding, and even protect teeth containing braces. Call today, we can fix any signs of damage and start building a mouthguard specifically for you.  
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Ann Arbor Dentist - Sandra Embree, DDS

Dr. Embree graduated from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She completed postdoctoral training in a General Practice Residency at University of Michigan Hospitals Department of Hospital Dentistry. Dr. Embree received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and practiced in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital prior to her dental school training.
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Ann Arbor Dentist - Courtney Heys, DDS
Heys, DDS

Dr. Heys is originally from the Seattle area. She moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 to attend the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Heys has been in private practice since 2007. She has practiced 4 years in Saline, MI and 4 years in Jackson, MI.
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  • "Thank you for always providing such professional and caring service to my husband, Cody. Dr. Heys and her staff are helping him get his teeth back into shape and are doing a fantastic job. You are all the best!"
    ~ Jenna E
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    ~ Aleksandra
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    ~ Suzanne
  • "Dr. Embree and her staff provided me the best dentistry I've ever had. I had a lot of work done, including several fillings and three crowns. Dr. Embree is very careful to make the procedures as painless as possible, and her staff made sure that my experiences were comfortable and stress free.
    Dr. Embree did a deep cleaning that I'm sure allowed me to avoid periodontal work. Her staff is very efficient in setting up appointments and sending reminders. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Embree's dentistry."
    ~ Jenny
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