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Old 01-05-2009, 08:53 AM   #21
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On Topic: My wife got a Rx tooth guard about 20 years ago for night time grinding (covered by Ins.). It saved her teeth and pain. She ground through it and replaced it with the $5.00 kind. She says they are just as good and the guards are effective.

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That is nice to know, Mike. My prescription guard is still good, but I will try the $5.00 kind, if and when I grind through it.
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:44 PM   #22
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I just started wearing a night guard from my dentist ($300, but with insurance I paid $67). I clench my jaw during the night and occasionally it locks up and I have to use yoga breathing to get it to release. I tried the drug store mouth guard, but it was too bulky for my mouth and I kept pulling it out during the night. This new one fits much better and I am able to leave it in all night. I've also noticed my headaches are gone.

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I am probably a bit late responding, but my computer was broken.

I was told that I needed the mouth guard and checked with my boss who is a retired dentist.

He told me that the mouth guard is one of the major profit items for the dentists. He said that if he had uninsured patients he would give them a break and charge only about $75. However the going rate is $450 and typically covered at 50% by insurance.

There are two kinds - full mouth and small front tooth only. My boss said that I should get the full mouth, but my dentist recomended the small one because it is more likely that people will wear it. One friend of mine got the full mouth and only used it for three days.

I tried to bargin with the dental office but they sent me a semi-threatening letter asking if that since I was refusing to follow their treatment plan did that mean that they should consider me to no longer be a patient.

I finally broke down and got the small unit that basically goes over my two front rabbit teeth on the top.

I wear it every night and all in all I am happy with it. I think I do grind my teeth at night and maybe in the day also. However, I may clench more than grind. I do not get the jaw pain that sometimes is associated with grinding.

I am not familiar with the boil and bite guards, but I am guessing that they are made of soft material. Mine was made from a mold taken of my teeth and is very hard plastic.

However, I guess if the cheap one feels ok while sleeping you could buy a hundred of them for the price of one professional guard if they wear out.
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:26 PM   #24
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I had one, lost it, and never replaced it. I can attest to the consequences of NOT wearing one. While I was going through divorce I apparently was clenching my teeth a lot at night. A year later I went to the dentist, after breaking a tooth, and the x-rays showed that many of my molars, which had fillings, had hairline fractures and would probably break sometime in the near future. Of course, this situation, the teeth clenching, had probably been in the works for a few years, just like my failing marriage.

So four crowns and a few thousand dollars later . . .
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