There are two common ways in which teeth are damaged: playing sports and grinding and clenching while we sleep. Sometimes our teeth are injured in an instant, but they can also be damaged slowly over time and we don’t realize until it’s serious.
At Bedford South Dentistry, we can fit you for custom guards and bite appliances that help to protect your teeth from both types of damage.
"Bruxism" is when you clench or grind your teeth while your sleep. Bruxism can cause chipped teeth, damaged fillings, painful headaches, and it can even loosen your teeth. Our team can fit you with a special night guard that will protect your teeth from being damaged while you sleep.
Sports often leave your teeth vulnerable — particularly contact sports such as rugby, hockey and football. We can fit athletes with sports guards to protect their teeth from injury during physical activity.
Contact Bedford South Dentistry today to discuss a custom guard or bite appliance to protect your teeth from harm.
Q: Can I still talk while I’m wearing a sports guard?
A: Yes, you will be able to talk. Sports guards do not prevent teammates from being able to communicate during a game. Wearing a sports guard may muffle your speech a little at first, but soon it will become a comfortable part of your mouth.
Q: I often wake up with a jaw ache. Does that mean I am grinding my teeth at night?
A: Yes, it could signal that you are grinding or clenching at night. Our patients often first realize they grind their teeth because they regularly wake up with tooth pain, jaw pain, or a headache. Talk to us if you suspect you may be grinding or clenching at night, and we'll evaluate your teeth to see if a bite appliance would be a good idea.
Q: I often hear my child grinding their teeth at night. Should they be fitted for a bite appliance?
A: Bite appliances are not usually suggested for children with baby teeth or mixed dentitions, as they can restrict the growth of their jaw and the normal shedding of teeth. But please speak to us about your child's grinding habits, as there may be other ways we can help.
Q: Does my dental insurance cover a custom guard or bite appliance?
A: It depends on your coverage, but most dental plans cover at least a portion of a guard or bite appliances. We would be happy to help you understand your available coverage, so please ask us at your next appointment.