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Are you teeth grinding or teeth clenching? Custom-fitted night guard treatment is provided by Dr. David Nguy at Atlas Dental in Toronto for patients looking to protect their teeth. Read more below to learn about the cost of custom-fitted night guards below. Contact us for more information.
What is a dental night guard?
A dental night guard, also known as a mouth guard, is a custom designed protective plastic appliance to protect your teeth at night when you are grinding and clenching unconsciously.
Night guards can also serve as mouth guards to be worn when playing sports to prevent chipped teeth or broken teeth. They can even be worn throughout the day if you are teeth grinding and clenching from stress.
The best mouth guard is a custom fitted mouthguard and can be made by your general dentist. They are usually worn over your upper teeth, but can also be made to fit over your lower teeth. Mouth guards made by your dentist are far more comfortable and protective than non-customized, boil-and-bite guard devices purchased over the counter at local department stores, pharmacies or sporting goods stores.
At Atlas Dental, we make comfortable, soft night guard appliances using the latest 3D scanning and 3D printing technology. The best way to prevent teeth grinding damage and jaw soreness is to schedule an appointment for a custom fitting.
How much do mouth guards cost?
A common question is how much a custom dental night guard costs. For a typical mouth guard, you can expect to pay anywhere from $427-527 in Toronto.
Having dental insurance will help cover a part, if not all, of the cost of your mouth guard treatment.
A dental night guard is a basic service. Therefore, dental insurance will almost always cover mouth guards. The amount of insurance coverage will vary from plan to plan, so find out from your private dental insurance how much you are eligible for before starting your night guard treatment. Your dentist should be able to help you to send insurance pre-determinations to assess your mouth guard insurance eligibility.
We know that affordability matters! At Atlas Dental, we work with you to determine the best financial options for your dental mouth guard treatment. Ask us about dental insurance, health spending accounts and payment plan options!
If you have any further questions about the cost of a dental night guard in Toronto, please contact us.
What causing teeth grinding?
Sleep bruxism (teeth grinding) is a common oral health condition when you are unknowingly teeth grinding and clenching at night. The root cause behind sleep bruxism is unclear, but stress and anxiety is often the #1 factor. Many patients report other factors include certain medications, alcohol consumption, smoking, caffeine, sleep apnea, snoring, an abnormal bite and crooked teeth.
Patients can experience light grinding, moderate grinding or severe bruxism. The severity of the teeth grinding and clenching habit will dictate the severity of the sleep bruxism symptoms. If unaddressed, sleep bruxism can result in:
- Jaw pain
- Tooth sensitivity in your front teeth/back teeth
- Stiff jaw muscles
- Tooth damage, including abraded tooth enamel, chipped or cracked teeth
- Tooth loss
- Teeth shift
- Dull headaches
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw
- A popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Tongue indentations
- Damage to the inside of the cheek
- Poor sleep quality and sleep disorder
- Limited mouth opening
By seeing your dentist about possible teeth grinding, they can identify further signs of bruxism. Without intervention, teeth grinding can cause significant damage to your oral health. While many treatment options exist, we believe the best solution is a custom made mouth guard appliance.
How do I stop sleep bruxism?
A soft custom fitted mouth will protect your teeth from the damage of severe grinding, but it will not necessarily stop the teeth grinding habit. The mouth guard might deter you subconsciously from teeth grinding and clenching, but this is not guaranteed.
Here are some things you can do to prevent or lessen your teeth grinding or clenching habit:
- Limit your consumption of sugary and acidic foods and drinks that also cause erosion and decay of your teeth
- Use relaxation techniques before you go to bed, such as listening to gentle music during your work day, mindfulness exercises, meditation or yoga
- Speak with your doctor about your stress and anxiety and get medical advice for ways to reduce it.
- Caffeine can also cause you to grind your teeth. Avoid or cut back on foods that contain caffeine such as colas, chocolate, and coffee.
- Avoid alcohol. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption
- Eliminate other bad habits that cause unnecessary wear to your teeth, such as chewing on pencils, ice, or chewing gum.
- Be conscientious of the grinding or clenching habit. If you notice that you do it during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax.
- Wear braces to straighten your teeth. Teeth that are out of alignment are what dentists call malocclusions, and can contribute to teeth grinding. This can be corrected by orthodontics, such as traditional braces or Invisalign clear aligners.
What is the procedure for a dental mouth guard?
The process for getting the best mouth guard is quick, comfortable, and requires only two appointments. At Atlas Dental, we use the latest 3D scanning and 3D printing technology.
In the first appointment, your dentist takes a painless, comfortable 3D scan of your mouth. This part of the dental mouth guard process takes just a few minutes. No more sticky dental alginate impressions that makes you feel like vomitting!
In between dental appointments, your dentist works behind the scenes to make your dental night guard. Based on computer-generated 3D models of your upper teeth and lower teeth, a 3D model of your mouth guard is designed. The design is then fabricated using a 3D printer and special 3D printer dental resin. KeySplint Soft is fully biocompatible, and is in compliance with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device regulations and standards. The dentist then trims and polishes your mouth guard.
If you have severe bruxism and require a stiffer material, an acrylic hard night guard can be made at your request.
In the second appointment, you will try in the custom mouth guard. The dentist will assess for fit and comfort. If necessary, adjustments can be made.
Dental Nightguard Toronto FAQ's
Yes, dental mouth guards is a common treatment specially designed to protect your teeth from damage associated with heavy grinding and similar disorders.
No, there are no side effects associated with wearing your mouth guard every night. Your dentist will encourage you to wear your night guard regularly to protect your teeth from damage associated with heavy grinding and similar disorders.
A properly fitted mouth guard is one that passively slides on and off your teeth and fits comfortably when you bring your teeth together and perform excursive (teeth grinding) movements on the mouth guard itself. When you have a custom-fitted mouth guard made by a dental professional, your teeth will not shift.
A poorly fitted, non-custom mouth guard can cause problems like tooth pain, teeth shift, and changes to your bite.
Part of your daily hygiene routine should involve keeping your dental mouth guard clean. If neglected, bacteria will thrive on the surface on your mouth guard, causing discoloration, build up of debris, and bad odors.
Using a soft bristle toothbrush (separate from your own toothbrush for your teeth) under room temperature or cold water, give your mouth guard a good brush then rinse.
You may also purchase some denture cleaning solution from your local pharmacy to soak your night guard to get rid of odors.
Store your Night Guard in a well-ventilated case.
- Soak your guard overnight
- Use isopropyl (Rubbing) alcohol or alcohol based cleaning agents.
- Use hand sanitizer, dish soap, Bleach or Denture Tablets
- Put it in the dishwasher
Unfortunately, some people suffer from daytime teeth clenching and jaw pain. Yes, you can wear your night guard during the day. is effective at any time of the day or night, although most people will wear their mouth guards at night when they can’t consciously monitor or stop the problem.
Many teeth grinders only have periodic problems or flare-ups when they grind, especially during stressful times. During these times, they often wake up in the morning the next day with a sore jaw from clenching or grinding during the previous night. These are the most important times to wear a night guard to prevent teeth damage. However, our dentist does advise you to wear night guards every night.
Night guards will probably not stop clenching or grinding for most people. Rather, it is designed to save the teeth from the damage associated with teeth grinding and clenching. It may also relieve symptoms caused by night time clenching and grinding. For some people, it may make the habit of clenching and grinding on the mouth guard more recognizable so they stop the habit.
Mouth guards are often made to sit on the upper jaw, but can also be made to fit over the lower jaw. When the mouth guard is made for the lower jaw, it can feel more imposing because of the presence of the tongue.
A regular dental mouth guard is not the same as a sleep apnea device.
For people with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and find Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) challenging to use, sleep apnea dental devices (also known as oral appliances) can be an option. But do your homework before going this route. These devices are supposed to reposition your jaw or tongue to create an open airway. and reduce snoring. However, they can be really uncomfortable and only work about half the time. It is hard to predict who might benefit from using an oral device, and people with very mild OSA and few symptoms may not notice any difference. As a result, she generally doesn’t recommend them except for people with mild to moderate OSA or those with severe OSA who can’t tolerate CPAP.
There are three main categories of dental devices for OSA.
Mandibular advancement devices. Made of molded hard plastic, these devices snap over your lower and upper teeth, and also feature metal hinges and screws that can be tightened to push your lower jaw forward. Some dentists make custom mandibular advancement devices, but before you consider buying a custom device, be sure to ask whether your dentist has experience in sleep-related breathing disorders and is certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Sleep apnea mouth guards. Similar to mandibular advancement devices, these devices also help reposition your lower jaw to maintain your airway open, although to a lesser degree. Some sleep physicians recommend SnoreRx, which you can purchase online for less than $100. Instead of starting with an impression of your teeth created by a dentist, you use what the company calls the “boil and bite” method. You place the device in a cup of boiling water for a minute and then bite down on the softened plastic so it molds to your teeth.
Tongue-retaining devices. These devices consist of a soft plastic splint placed around your tongue that holds it forward and out of your mouth throughout the night. They tend to make your mouth very dry and can be quite uncomfortable.
Most insurance plans at least partially cover these sleep apnea devices when used for obstructive sleep apnea, but not if they’re used for simple snoring. Don’t be tempted to try one unless you’ve been formally diagnosed with OSA, says Dr. Javaheri. And even if you have OSA, be sure to call your insurance company so you understand how much is covered before you have a device made.
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