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.