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Night & Mouth Guards Bourbonnais, IL

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Why would you or a family member need to wear a mouth guard at night? There is an ailment called bruxism and a disorder called TMJ/TMD that would both necessitate one and improve your quality of life. It can be caused by stress and anxiety or a sleep disorder. If the ailment is not dealt with in a timely fashion is can result in serious health issues that are not reversible. Your first indication might be one of the following symptoms; Headaches, Fractured Teeth, Worn Teeth, Loose Teeth, Jaw Pain or Jaw Discomfort, or Hearing Loss.

Bruxism is simply the grinding or clenching of your teeth at night. Many people have no idea that they have and do it unless you happen to sleep with a loved one and they are able to observe the practice. The second reason for a night guard is the disorder called TMJ/TMD, which is short for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and Temporomandibular Disorder. Very similar to bruxism the symptoms are slightly different; Lockjaw, Swelling of the jaw, Trouble with chewing, Jaw fatigue, Pain in your neck, face, jaw and even shoulders.

TMJ/TMD can be the result of arthritis, bruxism mentioned above, the dislocation of the cushioning disc in the jaw, a genetic predisposition or the side effects of stress or an injury. The solution will be the same for either scenario; a night guard.

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The Variety of Options available for a Night Guard

There are a number of different options when it comes to buying and fitting a night guard. Here are some pros and cons to review in helping us to make a decision together.

  • Soft Night Guard- This is the most common type used today for mouth guards if the bruxism seems to be mild to moderate. They are comfortable, affordable and easy to get use to wearing. The negatives are they are not very durable, they only last about six months and are not a long-term solution.
  • Dual Laminate Night Guard-Used more often when the bruxism seems more severe. These appliances have a soft inside and a rigid outside. The advantages are they do last longer, and they are effective for heavy grinding or clenching. The disadvantages are they take longer to get accustomed to and they are thicker than the soft guard.

Hard Night Guards- These appliances are used when the bruxism or TMJ is really severe. They are the most rigid mouth guard available. They will prevent your teeth from shifting and are extremely durable. The cons are they are more expensive, are thicker again, are not as comfortable and can even be difficult to sleep with.

The Options Available for a Mouth Guard

  • A Stock Mouth Guard- Right off the shelf at your sporting goods store these are generally made of rubber, are inexpensive and can be worn immediately. They are bulky and can restrict talking and breathing and it can be argued that they really don’t provide adequate protection for your teeth.
  • Boil and Bite Mouth Guards-Still a retail product you can make these in your kitchen. They also are inexpensive and provide reasonable support. The can also be difficult to speak with, cannot be adjusted and are not as effective as a custom guard.
  • Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards-This would be allowing us to make your mouth guard at our clinic. It will provide optimal protection and is the most comfortable. It will cost more, and we will need to schedule an appointment.

Proper Care for your Night Guard/Mouth Guard

Always do your best to make sure your hands are clean in handling the guard. Clean the guard well with a tooth brush and toothpaste, rinse it off and then let it dry out. Finally, it is best to store it in the container it came in and avoid keeping it in the bathroom due to the humidity. Try to avoid sugary drinks while wearing the guard and to avoid smoking.

The Costs Involved with Your Night Guard or Mouth Guard and the Insurance Coverage Available

The cost differences that will be associated with your night guard or mouth guard will be those coming from our office versus a retail product. The administrative staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental will inquire with your dental insurance carrier to determine the amount of coverage for a night guard or a mouth guard. If there will be a balance due a payment plan can and will be discussed if that is your wish. We also accept all major credit cards. We may also revisit our options if the budget is a driving factor in carrying out our plan. Keep in mind, what are your teeth worth if not protected?

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Scheduling an Evaluation today

Making that phone call today to schedule your evaluation and consultation is the next step. We can determine if you can benefit from sleeping with a night guard or if you participate in sports the advantage of a mouth guard. Call 815-939-2520 now or visit our office at 498 Brown Blvd., Bourbonnias, IL 60914. The staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental all are terrific listeners and love to please our patients. You’ll be comfortable in our engaging environment. We are all dedicated to ensuring that you totally understand our plan that we have formulated together and that you will be confident that you will be receiving the highest quality specialized dental care to meet your individual needs. Our gratification is helping you both get a good night’s sleep and protecting your smile.

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