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Mouth Guard/Night Guard Fort Wayne IN


Opaque white mouthguard on a white background like those from Summit Dental Group in Fort Wayne, INMouthguards worn at night, otherwise called night guards, are very common.

They are beneficial in treating a variety of conditions which impact your sleep quality and overall health as well.

These can also help to protect your teeth from grinding at night, meaning that you are less likely to have dental issues later on.

Night guards can actually be quite comfortable and easy to wear as well.

At Summit Dental Group, we can explain your options and get you back to a normal sleep.

The Importance of Night Guards


There are several conditions impacting a person's ability to get good quality sleep.

Most commonly, people wear a night guard to prevent teeth grinding.

Otherwise called Bruxism, this condition causes people to clench their jaw in their sleep and grind their teeth.

This leads to symptoms such as tooth and jaw pain, headaches, and fatigue.

Night guards help to create a barrier between your teeth that cushions them and prevents grinding.

Types of Mouthguards


The specific type of night guard you receive will depend on the issue you are experiencing.

Your dentist will consult with you to determine whether a night guard for grinding, snoring, or sleep apnea is the best choice.

Once a determination is made, you can then begin the process of getting a custom-molded night guard.

These are form fitted to your mouth and provide the most protection and comfort for these issues.

a person putting in their night guard

Custom Fitting


To determine what type of night guard you need, you would meet with one of our dental professionals.

We can explain the molding process and recommend a night guard based on your specific concerns.

After this initial consultation, your dentist will make a mold of your mouth using a U-shaped tray.

This tray is filled with a thick liquid that hardens over your teeth as it sets.

It hardens enough to hold its shape, but not so much that it cannot be easily removed from your mouth.

Different materials take different amounts of time to set and we can explain this during your consultation.

The mold, otherwise known as an impression, is sent to a lab for processing.

The impression is filled with another liquid that hardens and replicates your mouth structure.

Your night guard can then be custom-fitted to the dental impression.

In general, from start to finish, this process takes a couple weeks.

If you have questions or are interested in getting a night guard, contact Summit Dental Group now.

Frequently Asked Questions


What Do Mouthguards Do?
Mouthguards serve as protective devices for your teeth. They're commonly used in sports to prevent injuries like chipped or broken teeth, and to cushion blows that might cause jaw injuries. Nightguards, a type of mouthguard, are used to prevent damage from teeth grinding (bruxism) during sleep.

How Do You Clean A Nightguard?
To clean a nightguard, rinse it with water after each use and brush it gently with a toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste or soap. Let it air dry before storing it in its case. Regularly deep clean the nightguard using denture cleaner, a mild dishwashing solution, or a mouthguard cleaning solution.

Are Mouthguards Uncomfortable?
Mouthguards, when properly fitted, are generally comfortable to wear. Initially, you might need a brief period to get used to the sensation. Custom-made mouthguards from a dentist offer the best fit and comfort, as they are tailored to the unique contours of your mouth.
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