A custom-made night guard or mouth guard is the easiest way to protect teeth against bruxism and can be very effective. Drs. Daniel and Daria Royzman can evaluate your teeth and recommend a night guard in New York, New York. To schedule an appointment with the periodontists, we invite you to contact us at 212-759-7763. D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C. looks forward to your call.
Teeth against Bruxism
A custom-made nightguard or mouthguard is the easiest way to protect teeth against bruxism and can be very effective. There are lots of different types of night guards that can be used but all work in a similar way through preventing the teeth from coming into contact. Sometimes this can be enough to break the habit of bruxism as the jaw is placed in a better position where it is more able to relax.
Custom Made Mouthguard
The procedure to make your custom made mouthguard is very straightforward. We will need to take detailed impressions of your teeth and these will be sent to our dental laboratory along with instructions on the fabrication of your mouthguard. The impressions are used to make your mouthguard so it fits exactly over your teeth and it can be constructed in soft or hard materials. Most are made from a thermoplastic material and are very hard wearing. The mouthguard can be fitted and if necessary adjusted at your next appointment. They do fit quite tightly so you may need to soften your mouthguard slightly in hot water before inserting it. Some people find it slightly difficult to get used to the sensation of wearing a mouthguard and it can be easiest to gradually build up to wearing it overnight. After each use, brush the mouthguard using a little toothpaste and plenty of water. You might want to freshen it up occasionally by sprinkling a little bit of mouthwash inside. Most mouthguards will cover all the upper teeth but some are designed to fit over just a few teeth depending on the type. We will recommend the most suitable type for your bruxism and can offer you plenty of useful advice on getting used to your new nightguard or mouthguard. It is well worth persevering with its use as it will protect your teeth.