You only get one set of adult teeth, protecting them from damage with a mouthguard or night guard can be one of the best investments you ever make. In this blog Dr. Rachel Hall Kenmore dentist answers the question, why do I need a dental mouthguard.
A broken or damaged tooth can be a costly and sometimes painful experience. Imagine playing sport and your front tooth gets knocked out… The cost to replace at tooth could run to thousands of dollars, not to mention the emotional trauma of losing a tooth.
Teeth clenchers tend to crack, break, and fracture their teeth due to the immense pressure created as their teeth crush together at night. This type of dental damage often leads to teeth needing large fillings and crowns.
But the worst thing is the dentistry doesn’t last long as the clenching process not only destroys what God gave you but also the dentistry that you need to fix the damage too.
This means without a nightguard you will constantly have dental issues that need fixing over and over.
Teeth grinders will wear down teeth as well as cracking and breaking them. Worn teeth become prematurely aged and once the protective outer layer called enamel is gone the softer inner layer (dentine) wears down really quickly. This leaves you with short, even teeth and a worn bite. Again, a well made custom fitting night guard can protect your teeth from this sort of damage.
The other issue with teeth clenching or teeth grinding is that the pressure puts a strain on the support structures that hold your teeth in – the gums and the bone. Clenching and grinding pressure can accelerate gum disease and tooth loss.
A mouthguard is an oral appliance that protects your teeth. There are two main kinds of mouthguards that we recommend in our Kenmore dental office. One kind protects your teeth from injury during athletic and sporting activities. The other protects your teeth if you grind or clench them together at night.
Professional custom-made mouthguards aren’t cheap to make. Even so, investing in one could be the best thing you do for your dental health. Here’s why.
The main purpose of a mouthguard is to protect your teeth from injury or wear. Excessive forces like jaw-clenching or a blow to the mouth can cause permanent and costly damage. Wearing a mouthguard can save you from having to spend thousands of dollars on expensive procedures to repair and replace broken teeth (or recent dental work.)
A mouthguard designed for use during physical activity can be a literal lifesaver. Not only does it protect your teeth when you take a hit, but it also cushions the impact to your head.
When the lower jaw slams shut into the upper half of the mouth, this can cause trauma such as jaw fracture, concussion, or even cerebral haemorrhage.
A mouthguard is capable of preventing or reducing the impact of the jaw from slamming shut this way, whether it impacts with the ground, athletic equipment, or another player.
Do you or your children regularly participate in sports? Whether cricket, rugby, football, or karate, an athletic mouthguard should be an essential part of your family’s protective equipment.
Do you grind your teeth at night? Teeth grinding can lead to gum recession and cause headaches. Even worse, by grinding your teeth you could gradually wear away the enamel until there’s virtually nothing left to protect them.
Worn-down teeth are very sensitive and susceptible to fracture. They won’t last long and may eventually need dental crowns to keep them in one piece.
Teeth grinding or clenching is also taxing on your jaw. Certain kinds of night guards actually keep your jaw in a comfortable position or prevent it from closing down too hard.
When you wear a nightguard while you sleep, you prevent your teeth from grinding against each other and spare your jaw the unnecessary stress. This would mean a more restful sleep for you and a longer life for your smile.
Investing in the right mouthguard to meet your needs, whether for sports purposes or to stop grinding your teeth at night, can help you keep your teeth healthy for years. Those protected teeth likely won’t need to be capped, crowned, or replaced any time soon.
It makes sense that investing in a mouthguard as a one-time expense is better than paying for multiple crowns or dental implants over the next few years.
Call our Evolve Kenmore dentist office and ask about what kind of mouthguard or nightguard can help you preserve your smile. Speak to our team 07 3720 1811