Mouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

They are the same. Interchangeable words for the same device. A well-fitting, dentist custom made mouthguard is a device that will either allow you to continue to grind, but instead of tooth vs. Tooth wearing down, you will have tooth vs. Mouthguard (which is softer than tooth & will wear instead of tooth). This will also act as a "stress-breaker" and in some people wearing it makes them stop grinding.
Also. There are over 100 designs and only two will reduce clenching or grinding, also called bruxing. The other designs will increase the bruxing or just protect the teeth and joint. The two that work best are custom made by a dentist and the store bought appliances will not reduce the bruxing. As with everything there can be some side effects that you need to understand with the appliances.
Same. Night guards should be made well and fitted properly by a dentist. The self made mouth guards bought at the stores can cause more harm. I.E.Tmj problems.

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Why are grinding appliances so expensive at dentist officemouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

Cost summary. The cost of custom appliances (night guards, sleep apnea splints, and retainers) is a reflection of the doctor's time, cost of materials, and laboratory fees. It also reflects time spent fitting and adjusting the appliance and the follow-up visits required to make sure that it functioning as intended. Read more...
Worth the investment. The fee for a properly designed, fabricated (with adj's included) bite splint or night guard, you are actually getting several years worth of a valuable appliance - we have patients who've worn the same splint for 15 years - it is not a glorified athletic mouthguard, and if designed and worn properly, can save you from tooth damage, gum & bone damage, as well as protecting your tm joints. Read more...
Compared to what? If you are comparing the cost of an appliance made by a professional who spent many years learning all the intricacies of what he\she does (not to mention lab costs & overhead) and its implications compared to a mass produced store bought one, the difference should be apparent. Btw, the cost of the appliance is small compared to the savings in pain, tooth & joint destruction for those who need one. Read more...
Grinding appliance. There are different types of guards available. It is a matter of time and involvement as to the price. First there is the tm joint and facial muscle exam and diagnosis of the problem. Then the impression is taken and poured into stone. This has to be trimmed and prepared for the fabrication of the guard itself. The guard must be made and trimmed by hand then it needs to be delivered and checked. Read more...

Can a child wear an adult night guard for teeth grinding?

NO. Bruxism is the term for this and it indicates as surely as anything can that the limbic system of the brain is in a marginal metabolic state.The easiest way to cause this is through a diet that is filles with "empty calories" partularly sweets. Look at my blog entitled "oxygen the spark of life" which you can google. Read more...
No. Please take your child to ENT (ear nose throat) specialist and have them remove his/ her adenoid and tonsil. The reason cause of grinding on children is usually they can not breath during the blockage of air passage due to enlargement of adenoid and tonsil. Read more...

How do I stop my teeth grinding without using a night guard?

Orthopedic Dentist. The cause of grinding is rarely correctly treated. Most dentist make a bite appliance for you to wear to keep from grinding away the teeth. This is only treating the symptom and not the cause. The usual cause is the roof of your mouth (palate) is too narrow in comparison to the lower jaw. The muscles not finding their home position keep searching = bruxism results. Read more...
Very difficult. A properly professionally fitted night guard is your best bet. Store bought varities, especiallly the soft variety can worsen the situation. Read more...
Make sure you. Have been check and rule out you do not have sleep apnea, second try to reduce stress in your life with some meditation and exercise. Read more...
Stop stressing. Grinding usually happens due to many factors such as stress. Most patient grind at night unless you stop stressing, it is going to be very hard not to use night guard once you are sleeoing, you do not have control. Read more...

What is a good night guard for grinding teeth? Upper or lower?

C ur DDS or ENT. Depends on the problem. Discuss with your dentist, oral surgeon, or ENT doc. Read more...
Both are good. Night guards can be fabricated on the top or on the bottom. Most dentists have their own personal preference, but both will help protect your teeth from the excessive wear of grinding. Read more...
Either. Whichever is more comfortable to you should work fine...I've made both for my patients..Only one at a time though in most people. Your dentist will be able to recommend top or bottom by looking at your teeth arches to see which is better suited to support a nightguard. Read more...
Night guards. That's an excellent question and it would appear that such a simple question has a simple answer. While most patients think a generic store or internet bought one will serve the same purpose as a professionally made one, that is not the case! even some dentists make one without enough thought as to what is best. It actually requires some thought based upon each individual's specific circumstances. Read more...
Dentist made. The best brux guard is fabricated by a dentist and either on the top or bottom jaws are equally effective. However, if you have pain during the day from clenching, then a bottom brux guard can be worn with minimal speech impediments. Read more...
Custom made. These night guards, which are custom fit to the specifics of a problem, are used to help support and protect painful TMJ. Over the counter devices sold in pharmacies and online are for the most part inadequate, as they are often too thick, poorly retentive, and inadequately cover all of the teeth. Read more...

Can you recommend a night guard for teeth grinding for child 5 years of age?

None. Grinding teeth is very common in children and there really is nothing you can do but wait and hope they grow out of it. Mouth guards can be a danger for children because they can dislodge and they can choke on them. For adults they are fine and many dentist will make one that fits tight. Read more...
None. Many, many kids that age grind their teeth, and it's often very loud, like fingernails on a chalkboard. This usually goes away as their permanent teeth come in. Most kids that age will not tolerate or wear a nightguard of any kind, and the grinding should not have any negative effects on their TMJ or permanent teeth. Read more...
Do not recommend. At that age the jaw is still growing and baby teeth and adult teeth are coming out as the child grows he will outgrow the guard and the clenching. Read more...
Short-lived habit. For most kids this habit is short-lived. The vast majority will outgrow it by age 7 and no treatment or night guards are needed. Read more...
Grinding. For most kids grinding caused by 1) backing up the computer (brain)--they learn so much during the day they need processing time, and 2) changes in occlusion as baby teeth start to fall out and permanent teeth come in. It's normal and usually disappears about age 7. Discuss it with your child's General Dentist or Pediatric Dental Specialist at next regular check up, but night guard not needed. Read more...

What is the most effective night guard to combat teeth grinding?

Night Guards. There are so many types of night guard appliances which are designed to meet the individual and unique needs of the patient as well as a patient's tolerance. This is a question for you and your dentist to explore. Keep in mind that the time it takes to get used to an appliance, varies from person to person. Read more...
Only FEW effective. Some people grind their teeth at night, but many more actually clench their teeth while sleeping. This can produce headaches, earaches or stuffiness, tired jaws, clicking jaws and more. I see patients bring their old guards into my office. I find that 95% of them are not effective for these problems. See a "bite" dentist or TMJ dentist to get the right type of guard. Read more...
2 types. Either will reduce clenching by about 70%. They include a deprogramming orthotic and a nti. Like all othotics they can have side effects and before selecting which is the "best" for you a discussion should take place with your dentist or a dentist specializing in facial pain. Read more...

Teeth grinding at night - will a custom night guard work better than a over-the-counter one?

Absolutely. A custom night guard will fit better and can be adjusted and is best suited for the intended purpose. Read more...
100% yes. While more inexpensive, it has been shown that these appliances may actually induce more instances of clenching and grinding. You are much better off having an appliance fabricated and adjusted to your bite vs. A one size fits all approach. Read more...
Definitely Custom. The custom made. They made it for you and much better fit your teeth. Read more...

My dentist made a custom night guard for my teeth grinding. How do I know if it fits properly? It feels like its pressing front teeth back

See dentist . Night guard should fit snugly but not put pressure..Will feel different when worn first time....Best is get evaluated by your dentist. Read more...
Check with dentist. Your appliance should fit snug and be retentive, but it shouldn't make your teeth feel the way you're explaining. Double check with your dentist, may just need adjustment... Read more...
Mouth Guard. The fitting of your night guard should feel confortable, perhaps a little presure for retention, but if it is too much pressure go back to see your dentist. He should make the necessary adjusments in your night guard. Read more...