Differences in Night Guards
Night guards have been used for many years and can be bought at the store or can be made & custom fitted by your dentist. But there are differences between night guards!!!
Store Bought Night Guards
They are a one size fits all and are usually fitted to your teeth by boiling them in hot water then formed around your teeth. They are usually bulky and not as comfortable as a custom fitted night guard made by your dentist. These night guards are soft and flexible and don’t usually last very long.
The use for these night guards is to protect teeth from wearing down or fracturing when clenching or grinding your teeth, they do not treat TMJ Disorders or Craniofacial Pain.
Night Guards made by Dentists
These night guards are custom fitted to your teeth, are less bulky and are superior to the store bought night guards. In addition they are made from acrylic and last for years. These types of night guards are to protect teeth from wearing down or fracturing when clenching or grinding your teeth, they do not treat TMJ Disorders or Craniofacial Pain.
The store bought night guards and the night guards made by dentists are not designed to treat TMJ Disorders or Craniofacial Pain (chronic headaches/migraines or facial pain). In fact these night guards can make your TMJ disorder and/or craniofacial pain worse.
Night Guards made for TMJ Disorders and/or Craniofacial Pain
These night guards are also custom fitted to your teeth but they are designed and function differently than the traditional night guard. They are designed specifically for treating TMJ Disorders and Craniofacial Pain in that they reposition the jaw, decompress the jaw joint and limit the amount of force the jaw muscles generate. These appliances treat clicking & popping joints, lock jaw, TMJ pain, facial pain and chronic headaches & migraines. A Daytime Appliance must also be used when treating TMJ Disorders. TMJ Disorders can not be treated with only one appliance!!!
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms you do not need to suffer anymore, call Bay Area TMJ & Sleep Center today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.