Many people across the world use night guards while they’re sleeping for many different reasons. As with most long-term dental appliances, there are pros and cons to wearing a dental night guard. Some symptoms can be generally avoided with precautions at the beginning of the process, even as early as making the night guard itself. Unfortunately, the side effects can sometimes still make sleeping and even daily life challenging.
Mouth sores from night guard use are one of the most common complaints people who wear them have. If you are looking for advice on wearing night guards or if you need dental service, Greenwood Dental can help. Call 855.528.3961 to book an appointment today.
Why Are Night Guards Used?
Night guards are common tools used to battle bruxism, or teeth grinding, overnight. They protect the mouth, teeth, and jaw from:
- Cracking and breaking of the enamel
- Muscular soreness and pain
- Breaks in the soft tissues
- Swollen and irritated gums
- TMJ pain and damage
Clenching the jaw and teeth grinding can wreak havoc on the structures of the mouth and jaw. Night guards are an excellent answer to this problem. They protect the surface of the teeth, the enamel, from being broken by the surrounding teeth. These breaks in the enamel can lead to infections, decay, and further breakage. Because there are so many bacteria in the human mouth, breaks in soft tissue such as gums, tongue, and cheeks caused by teeth clenching can lead to further infections and more damage.
The jaw is used in nearly every activity, like chewing, speaking, and the general motion of the mouth. With overuse, like that which occurs with bruxism and clenching of the jaw, the temporomandibular joint can become inflamed, irritated, and even damaged over time. The plastic buffer of the night guard allows most of the strain and impact of the tooth-on-tooth grinding to be distributed more evenly, along with keeping the sharp points of the teeth from breaking off or cutting soft tissue.
What Can Cause Mouth Sores from a Night Guard?
Sometimes, despite the best efforts of a dentist, patient, and manufacturer, a night guard may not be a perfect fit. Night guards are meant to be molded to the individual shape of each patient’s mouth, but sometimes, they can warp. For example, if a night guard is boiled to sanitize it from germs and bacteria, it is possible that the material changes in shape. This change could create a mouth sore from the night guard from a point where the material is rubbing against the gums or cheek.
If there is pain accompanying a night guard, there is something wrong. It is never right to experience pain, and getting mouth sores from a night guard is something that a dentist can easily and inexpensively fix. Discussing with the dentist that prescribed the night guard originally is the first step to making adjustments that will help to avoid future mouth sores.
The original price of night guards ranges between $300 and $500. While this price may be too high for some, many dentists accept insurance or may offer to work with an individual in need of financial support. Payment plans, CareCredit, and other financial options should always be considered if the price of dental services seems financially daunting.
Let Greenwood Dental Help
Greenwood Dental is more than willing to help each patient that walks through their doors. Providing pain-free, fast-acting, and long-lasting services to encourage the healthiest and happiest smile possible is the number one priority of our professionals. Call us today at 855.528.3961 to make an appointment to discuss teeth grinding, teeth shifting, or a misshapen night guard.