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Custom Night Mouthguards for Teeth Grinding and Clenching


Are you suffering from headaches, toothache, and jaw pain problems that are especially worse in the mornings? It is possible that you might be suffering from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. Also known as sleep bruxism, the grinding and clenching occur involuntarily, while sleeping, and thus it can even go unnoticed. However, its symptoms, and the damaged it does to your teeth will become noticeable after some time. Fortunately, sleep bruxism can be treated, which is where we, at Portland City Dental, come in. We offer several solutions for bruxism, including custom-fit night mouthguards, which help to protect your teeth from the damage of grinding and clenching.

What Are Night Mouthguards?


Night mouthguards are dental devices made from a soft plastic material, which fit around your teeth. They are somewhat similar to the sports mouthguards. However, while the sports mouthguards are for protecting your teeth from dental injuries, the nightguards are worn during the night to offer protection from night teeth grinding and clenching.

Why Should You Wear a Night Mouthguard?


Night mouthguards help to do things like:
•  Protect your teeth from damage. Long-time teeth grinding and clenching can wear down your teeth, causing them to be weak, thus leading to tooth loss. It can also cause tooth damage in the form of cracks, chips, and fractures. Wearing a mouthguard during the night can protect your teeth from being damaged.
•  Easing the discomfort of the bruxism condition. Teeth grinding and clenching can cause severe headaches, toothaches, jaw pain, and the pain in the muscles surrounding your teeth. The pain, which is extremely uncomfortable, can greatly reduce the quality of your life. Wearing a night mouthguard can help to ease the pain and discomfort
•  by preventing your teeth from making contact.
•  Preventing the occurrence of TMJ problems. Night grinding and clenching can lead to the development of TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction), which can bring about a host of other dental problems. A night mouthguard can, however, prevent this from happening by stopping or reducing the severity of bruxism.

Custom-fit Night Mouthguards


Night mouthguards are available either as stock (over-the-counter) guards or custom-fit guards. The stock ones are easily found in pharmacies, store shelves, and online stores, and they feature a generic design, where they can be worn by everyone provided they fit. Custom-fit mouthguards, on the other hand, are custom-made from a tooth impression or a digital teeth model (designed using computer software).

Benefits of Wearing Custom-fit Nightguards


A custom-fit night mouthguard can offer you the following benefits:
•  A better and more comfortable fit. A custom-fit mouthguard is designed for your teeth only and thus will perfectly fit around your teeth, gums, and jawbone. This will allow you to sleep comfortably through the night.
•  Better results. A custom-fit mouthguard offers you better results with regards to protecting your teeth and stopping night grinding and clenching. This is because it fits perfectly onto your teeth, thus creating a better barrier between them.
•  No discomfort, pain or risk of injury. An ill-fitting mouthguard can cause more problems instead of offering a solution. However, this is not something you have to be worried about with custom-fit mouthguards. The perfect, comfortable, and secure fit ensure that you do not experience pain, discomfort, or tooth damage while wearing the nightguard.

If you are suffering from night grinding and clenching, Portland City Dental can offer you the much-needed relief in the form of a custom-fit night mouthguard. Call us today at (503) 867-8124 to schedule an appointment.

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