No More Suffering: How to Treat Night Guard Gum Pain

As a dentist, I often hear from patients who are experiencing gum pain due to their night guard. Night guards, or dental guards, are often prescribed to help protect your teeth and jaw from grinding and clenching while you sleep. However, it is not uncommon for the guard to cause gum pain due to the pressure it places on the gums.

The good news is that there are several ways to treat night guard gum pain. Here are a few of the most common treatments:

1. Softening the Night Guard: One of the easiest ways to treat night guard gum pain is to soften the guard. This can be done by placing the guard in boiling water for a few minutes. The heat will soften the plastic, making it easier to fit your mouth and reducing the amount of pressure it places on your gums.

2. Adjusting the Bite: If the night guard is still causing gum pain after softening it, your dentist may need to adjust the bite. This involves shaving down the guard in certain areas to create a better fit and reduce the pressure it places on your gums.

3. Wearing the Guard Less Often: If the night guard is still causing gum pain, it may be best to wear it less often. This can help give your gums time to heal and reduce the amount of irritation.

4. Switching to a Soft Night Guard: Some people find that switching to a soft night guard helps reduce gum pain. Soft night guards are made of a more pliable material, which can make them more comfortable and reduce the pressure on the gums.

If you’re still experiencing gum pain after trying these treatments, it’s important to speak to your dentist. They can assess the situation and offer additional treatments, such as a custom-made night guard or medications to reduce inflammation.

No one should have to suffer from gum pain due to their night guard. With the right treatments, you can find relief and get a better night’s sleep.






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