- Jul 8, 2021
I have a question about using a night guard for bruxism/grinding when you are missing a lot of teeth. I am missing all my wisdom teeth, as well as 2, 12 and 15 on top and 18, 19, and 20 on the lower left. I will be having 30 and 31 on the lower right extracted on 2/16. I have never used a night guard before though I probably should have. The last tooth I had removed was 19 and that was extracted 12/15/22. Since then, I feel like I can tell that the front teeth, especially 8 and 9 are taking a lot more of the grinding pressure than they did before. I'm quite concerned about what will happen when 30 and 31 are gone. I don't want to crack my front teeth. I know in the short term I would have to grab something over-the-counter rather than customized, but whether from the drugstore or the dentist, can I wear a mouth guard with so little on the bottom to even bite against? I don't want to get something very small that I could choke on in the night. Please forgive any ignorance about this. I have no experience with this. Can anyone help me?