The Search For The Perfect Night Guard (when you have imperfect teeth)
Finding The Right Night Guard For Missing Teeth
If you’re missing one or more teeth and need to wear a nighttime guard, you may already know the struggles of finding a secure, comfortable and well fitting night guard.
A custom fitted dental guard made specifically from your distinct teeth anatomy will make a remarkable difference compared to molding a preformed OTC night guard to your teeth.
But even purchasing a custom night guard can sometimes bring on some troubles of its own if the technician is not accustomed to making mouth guards with missing teeth. Most often (when constructing these guards) it takes extra skill, time, a bit of patience, and most importantly, the right machine.
Making Mouth Guards for Missing Teeth: The problems dental labs face
1. Not using the right machine.
Many night guards are made using a lower level vacuum forming machine, a.k.a. the “suck down”.
This machine is a great step up from any mass produced (one size fits all) or boil & bite types. However, it’s not as efficient as a Drufomat or Biostar – machines that use high pressure and heat + computerized technology to get an extremely precise fit.
You especially need this precision when constructing mouth guards for those with missing teeth, because the material has to form tightly around all those nooks and crannies.
Because a mouth with missing teeth has so many deep variations in anatomy, it is very important to use this top level machine to get a great fit. Not to mention this is the only type of machine that can combine multiple layers to make your guard as thick or thin as you need.
Q: What type of machine does Sentinel use?
For all of our products we use (and are great fans of) the Drufomat Scan Pressure machine. It attaches to an air compressor and incorporates high pressure, high heat and computer technology that is specific to each type of material used.
2. Fabrication (especially when working with hard dental guards)
The construction of a night guard with missing teeth can be difficult for an unfamiliar technician. I note the difficultly specific to hard acrylic night guards because of the non-flexibility of the material.
The stiff material used for the hard night guard can be challenging to work with for an unfamiliar technician (especially when dealing with missing teeth).
Many people do not know (when purchasing a night guard through their dentist) that often times, a dental assistant is actually the one fabricating the night guard. These dental assistants may or may not be trained in proper night guard fabrication.
Making great mouth guards & night guards is a craft that one gets better and better at over time. Sentinel Mouth Guards is a specialized lab that only deals in mouth guard, night guard & whitening tray fabrication.
We have delivered thousands of great fitting teeth protectors, and always strive to make improvements and grow as a company producing only the highest quality products.
As a customer, your single most important step to ensure you get the best fitting night guard is to take a clear, accurate dental impression. Learn more about how to take your own dental impression here. It’s easy!