Sportsguard / Nightguard
Have you ever been told you grind your teeth at night and suffer from pain in your jaw or migraines?
Teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism, is a common problem most people face today. If you suffer from this condition, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Pain in your jaw muscles
- Grinding sounds at night
- Facial pain and swelling
- Headaches / migraines
- Teeth sensitivity
Grinding typically occurs at night during sleep, hence it is referred to as nocturnal bruxism. It may be caused by a variety of factors, the primary one being stress and anxiety, or it may be a habit. Regardless of the cause, grinding can lead to several serious problems. It can damage dental fillings, wear down enamel and cause overall damage to your teeth. Bruxism may eventually lead to teeth sensitivity and temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
What can you do if you suspect grinding?
At 16TH AVENUE DENTAL, we can make you a customized night guard that will fit with the unique shape and position of your teeth. We will customize the appliance based on the severity of your condition. We fabricate night guards for light, moderate and heavy grinding. Essentially, the more your grind, the harder the night guard should be. By visiting our NW Calgary dental office, you can ensure your night guard is appropriate for your symptoms.
A Night guard is an appliance which is made from acrylic to cover the biting surfaces of your teeth. Their function is to prevent the top arch biting surfaces from coming into contact with the bottom teeth while asleep. Bruxism is the grinding or clicking of teeth which can cause breaking/chipping or wearing of your teeth and dental restorations.
At 16TH AVENUE DENTAL, we make three different types of nightguards, all designed to be as comfortable as possible for you. Our nightguard technology creates a cushion between the upper and lower teeth that absorbs the force of grinding.
Our Calgary Dentists will help determine which type of nightguard that is most suitable for you. Getting a properly fit nightguard takes only two dental visits. At the first visit, our dental team will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth along with a bite record. The impressions are sent to our Dental Lab to be fabricated. At your second visit, the night guard is fitted for comfort and the bite is thoroughly checked.
Similar to a nightguard, a sportsguard is fabricated to fit uniquely with each individual. A sports/mouthguard is an essential piece that is used for the safety of your teeth when playing sports. 16TH AVENUE DENTAL offers sportguards for all ages, as well as many different vibrant colours for kids to choose from.