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Old 11-13-2006, 12:07 AM   #1
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New toothaches - do i need a mouth guard?

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Old 11-14-2006, 09:27 PM   #2
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Re: New toothaches - do i need a mouth guard?

Do you grind your teeth at night? If you do, I would recommend saving up for a dental mouth guard.

I was first told by a dentist that I was doing this about 10 years ago. He recommended using some of those sports guards at night. I tried that for about 6 months but they were never extremely comfortable (even the ones that said they molded to my teeth) because they didn't fit exactly and I went through several in that time period. About 4 years ago, I got a harder occlusal guard from the dentist. This was made after I had molds taken of my mouth that were sent to a special lab for creation of a customized guard. I have been using every night now for the last 4 years and after a bit of getting used to I have found it to be comfortable. I have had some wear on the bottom of it over the years and I feel that the wear on the guard is better than the wear on my teeth.

Even though it was expensive and I had to save for the specialty guard, I have been extremly pleased with the occlusal guard.

 
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Old 11-20-2006, 11:22 AM   #3
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:45 PM   #4
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Re: New toothaches - do i need a mouth guard?

I've been using an OTC guard for a few months now. Fitment is a pain, but it works..

I discussed this with my dentist, and while he reccomends getting a real one he does'nt object to the OTC one. It's better than nothing. The whole reason I got it was I was a little leary of spending 300+ dollars just to find out I can't sleep with it in.

 
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