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Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. Some of the damage that can occur includes:
Bruxing can even cause a root fracture below the gum line, requiring a root canal and crown to restore the damaged tooth.
Three Types of Night GuardsCustom-fitted: These are made specifically for you by your dentist. They may be more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit.
Stock: These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. However, they often don't fit well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
Boil and bite: These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores, and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.
The best night guard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by our dentists. However, if you can't afford a custom-fitted night guard, you should still wear a stock night guard or a boil-and-bite night guard from the drugstore. Give us a call at (207) 594-5500 to learn more about your options.