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Night Guard

Night Guard in Mumbai

A simple analogy will explain the importance and benefits of night guards for the benefit of health of teeth.  They do the same function that a good guard does. It protects guards and lets you sleep in peace and wake up with a relaxed and fresh mind.

When we sleep, many things happened in our body. These behind the scene functions help the body heal and rejuvenate. Same is true for the teeth too. But if they are not in proper alignment or shape then the things happening in your mouth can cause damage to the teeth that can affect their longevity. This can lead to deformation of smile.

Of course, when you sleeping it is not possible to notice what is happening but if you have been in stress or been waking up with a headache or have a sore jaw then maybe it is your teeth that are causing the trouble. Many people tend to grind their teeth in the night or clench them when sleeping and this causes the teeth to rub against each other and get damaged. One of the main reasons for this problem is stress and lifestyle choices. When we neglect the oral care routines, then the conditions like bruxism can cause the tender and sore jaws to be become infected and weak.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition, which can cause you to grind or clinch your teeth unconsciously, especially when you are sleeping. This condition can affect both adults and children. When this condition occurs during daytime it is called diurnal bruxism and if you suffer from the problem of grinding and clenching the teeth during sleep time it is called nocturnal bruxism.

Teeth grinding is characterized by rubbing of teeth with each other and teeth clenching is a condition in which a person tends to tighten the jaw or bites hard causing damage to lower and upper jaw. The commons symptoms of bruxism include

  • Headache when waking up
  • Pain in jaw joints
  • Chronic teeth pain
  • Chipped teeth

The effect of bruxism leads to fracture in tooth loosening of teeth or even loss and infections in teeth. Persistent bruxism can even cause the shape of the jaw to change and lead to the appearance of the face.  Most children lose this habit their own but in adults a simple treatment with the help of night guard can help give permanent relief. The customized night guard supplied by our top dentists in Mumbai can fit over the teeth to prevent teeth from directly gridding against each other.

What are Mouth Guards / Night Guards?

They guard the teeth from grinding against each other and absorb the force in themselves. Mouth guards are also used by sport persons to protect their teeth from injury during playtime.  Night guards in Mumbai are also popularly known as dental guard mouth guard, nocturnal bite plates or bite splints. Their prime function is to prevent the teeth from grinding against each other and provide a cushioning support to the muscles in the jaw.

Mostly night guards are used for the upper teeth but they can be used for the lower teeth in some special cases such as when the patient has braces or other dental fixtures in the mouth.

Are you a right candidate for a night guard?

Your dentist or an orthodontist may help you determine whether you will need a night guard to prevent further damage.  You may be a right candidate if:

  • Your teeth are damaged, may be chipped, fractured or loose even when you have fair oral hygiene.
  • You have cuts or painful sores from biting the inner cheek.
  • You have sensitive teeth due to attrition.
  • You feel pain on the jaw joint, and have difficulty in opening and closing the jaw.
  • You feel a constant pain radiating into the ear from the mouth.
  • You have neck pain or frequent headache when you get up in the morning.
  • You have swelling on side of the jaw due to clenching.
  • You face soreness in your facial muscles.
  • If the tooth enamel of teeth is wearing down then best dentists in Mumbai might recommend wearing a night guard to protect the teeth.

Benefits of using a Night Guard

Chronic teeth grinding our bruxism can cause lasting damage to the teeth, jaws and muscles. It can be prevented by using a night guard. Apart from protecting your teeth, night guard treatment in Mumbai also has other benefits, which include:

  • Prevented tooth damage: teeth grinding and clenching cause wear down the enamel and expose the nerve of the teeth, making them susceptible to sensitivity and fracture.
  • Give relief from headache and pains: bruxism lead to discomfort of jaw and neck muscles. Night guard will help to relief the pain.
  • It will improve the quality of sleep: it provide the protective barrier between your teeth thus reducing the strain and stress on your jaw and neck muscles.
  • Prevents sleep apnea and sleep obstruction
  • Protect the crown of the teeth: the night guard will absorbed the impact of teeth grinding and clenching thus preventing damage to the crown of the tooth.

Types of night guard:

Best dentists in Mumbai have different options of materials, which can be used to make a night guard. The main considerations in finding the right night guard for you will be the existing damage to the tooth and the severity of the grinding habits.

Few things to keep in mind while choosing the correct night guard is:

  • The customized mouth guard should fit your mouth well while not causing pressure on any of your teeth or the jaw
  • It should stay in place while you sleep and should come off only when you remove it manually.
  • It should give you snug fit and should not be over bulky or feel uncomfortable.
  • It should allow you to breathe normally and not cause discomfort.
  • Wear and tear from tooth grinding will take a toll on the night guard and be prepared to change it as soon as it starts showing damage.
  • Choose one, which is high quality and durable. You can take the recommendations from your dentist in this selection.

The types of custom fit night guard:

Custom fit night guards are designed exclusively to fit the shape and size of your teeth. The different types of night guards available in Mumbai include:

  • Soft night guards: most commonly used for mild or occasional cases of teeth clenching. It is very soft and is made up of soft and flexible vinyl. It lasts between 6 months and 2 years.
  • Dual laminated night guard/hybrid night guard: This is used for moderate cases of bruxism. It is soft from inside and harder from outside. Life span of this type of nigh guard is anywhere between 1 to 3 years depending on the extent of use.
  • Hard night guard: These are used for very severe cases of night grinding. Made up of acrylic, these are rigid but durable.
  • Ultra-thin night guard: It is used for daytime bruxism. It is prepared from thin layer of hard acrylic and is not very visible.

Taking care of your Night Guard/Mouth Guard

Always take the good care of your night guard by following the given below steps:

  • Always rinse your mouth with cool water before and after use.
  • Clean the mouth guard with mild soapy water. Rinse it thoroughly before use it.
  • Do not place them in direct sunlight. High temperature may distort the shape.
  • Check the mouth guard for general wear and tear.

What is the cost of Night guards?

Night guards are an inexpensive option and do a lot of benefit for the teeth. The cost of night guards in Mumbai varies with the type of night guard you chose. The price of night guards in Mumbai will also depend on the severity of the cases and the condition of your teeth.  You can buy the night guards directly from the chemist or ask your dentist to recommends a readymade one for you. However if your teeth are not suitable for generic night guards then you can opt for custom-made night guards.

Why choose The Esthetic Clinics, Mumbai?

The simple and prime reason is that we are the best. Be assured our professionals will offer personalized solutions in a non-judgmental way and will work along with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your emotional, personal, and financial needs.

The Esthetic Clinics, Mumbai offers you flawless accuracy in diagnosis and treatments. Each of our dental specialists have advanced training across the world, been acclaimed internationally, so sit back and relax, you are in good hands.

We follow stringent and strict sterilization protocols ensuring seamless procedures. Being patient-centric, we understand how unique each patient’s need is. We counsel them through each step, acquainting them with the various dental procedures and thus providing them with their customized and personalized tailor-made pain-free solutions.

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Dr. Debraj Shome

Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.



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