Mouth Guards • Durham
A mouth guard, also known as mouth protectors, night guards, or occlusal stent, is an oral removable appliance made of acrylic that your dentist may recommend and fabricate for you. It helps to evenly distribute the bite forces to protect your teeth and in some cases allow your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to better relax while you sleep. They typically cover comfortably the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheeks. They are available in a variety of colors.
Do I Need A Mouth Guard?
You may need a mouth guard if you experience teeth grinding, which may include the following symptoms:
- Dull headaches, specially in the mornings right after waking up
- Jaw soreness
- Teeth that are painful or loose
- Fractured teeth
- In some cases, pain in the neck and shoulders
H&L Dentistry doctors can fabricate a custom mouth guard for your needs to protect your teeth and alleviate these and other symptoms. If stress is the cause you should find a way to release stress on a frequent basis and relax. Meditation, counseling, and exercise may all help reduce stress and anxiety.