Are the kind of mouthguards that we associate with some types of sports the same as the nightguards that dentists sometimes recommend for the treatment of bruxism, or are they an entirely different breed?

Bruxism is a condition in which the patient subconsciously grinds his teeth together. It is a common phenomenon among children who usually just outgrow the habit, but it often affects adults as well. One of the concerns associated with bruxism is that because the pattern of grinding and clenching frequently occurs while the patient is asleep the condition can go undetected for quite some time, increasing the chances for damage to the tooth enamel. The purpose of the nightguard is to act as a shield, keeping the teeth from coming together.

A sports mouthguard, on the other hand, is made to absorb the shock of the collision with another player or contact with a piece of equipment or another inanimate object that could do serious damage to the mouth. It provides more extensive coverage than a dental night guard does and it is made of thicker, more durable material.

Your dentist can fit you for a custom-made sports mouthguard or a dental night guard, whichever your need may be. Meet Dr. Wagar of Benson Hill Smiles on the website and call 425-276-7843 in Renton, WA for your appointment.

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