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Differences Between Night Guards and Mouth Guards

Night guardThe terms night guards and mouth guards are often used interchangeably, but there are differences between the two. Learn the differences between night guards and mouth guard, and when to use one or the other.

Night Guards

A night guard, also known as an occlusal splint, is used to protect your teeth from coming into contact with each other while you’re asleep. Night guards are often recommended for patients who suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is the subconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth, often during sleep. Grinding and clenching your teeth can result in the loss of tooth enamel, the chipping and cracking of the teeth, as well as tooth sensitivity. If bruxism goes untreated, it could lead to TMJ, a jaw condition that may require surgery to treat.

If you frequently wake up with jaw pain or headaches, you may suffer from bruxism and it’s important to have it checked by your dentist. At SpringRock Dental we can create a custom night guard for you.

Mouth Guards

A mouth guard is a protective accessory worn to prevent injury to the teeth, gums, and lips during sports or other activities. The American Dental Association has recommended wearing a mouth guard when participating in:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
  • Karate

Wearing a mouth guard during sporting activities can also help to prevent concussions and brain injuries.

SpringRock Dental can help you get fitted for a custom mouth guard or night guard. Our dental office is located in Aurora, Colorado.

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