I am not sure it is worth spending the money on a nightguard. What is the real benefit?
Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one.
Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000.
The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically.
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