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How does biting down onto something like mouth guard help with pain?
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
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In brief: Night Guard
First, there is a difference between a Mouth\Sports Guard which is used to protect the teeth from traumatic injury & a Night Guard\Bruxism appliance.
Only if pain is as a result of bruxism, overclosure, parafunctional habits, etc. can it reduce or eliminate the associated pain. It's aim is to reduce stress & pressure on the teeth, supporting periodontal structures & muscles & joints.

In brief: Night Guard
First, there is a difference between a Mouth\Sports Guard which is used to protect the teeth from traumatic injury & a Night Guard\Bruxism appliance.
Only if pain is as a result of bruxism, overclosure, parafunctional habits, etc. can it reduce or eliminate the associated pain. It's aim is to reduce stress & pressure on the teeth, supporting periodontal structures & muscles & joints.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Jaw Separation
By propping your jaws apart and "balancing" your bite, the nightguard prevents your large and small biting muscles from clenching which is a large part of the pain.

In brief: Jaw Separation
By propping your jaws apart and "balancing" your bite, the nightguard prevents your large and small biting muscles from clenching which is a large part of the pain.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Dr. Robert Douglas
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
In brief: Bruxism
Clenching the teeth puts pressure on the muscles , tissues , and other structures around your jaw.
The goals of treatment are to reduce pain , prevent permanent damage to the teeth , and reduce clenching. Custom made night guard by your dentist will ameliorate the condition.

In brief: Bruxism
Clenching the teeth puts pressure on the muscles , tissues , and other structures around your jaw.
The goals of treatment are to reduce pain , prevent permanent damage to the teeth , and reduce clenching. Custom made night guard by your dentist will ameliorate the condition.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
In brief: CHEEK BITING
The dentist will put a dental guard to keep you from grinding teeth while asleep so you can not bite your cheek.

In brief: CHEEK BITING
The dentist will put a dental guard to keep you from grinding teeth while asleep so you can not bite your cheek.
Dr. Nela Cordero
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