Dentures and natural teeth/mouthguard for sleeping?

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Do they make a mothguard for sleeping for people with natural teeth and dentures?? I
had my upper teeth removed in July. I still have most of my lowers . (Only Missing 3 in fact).
What i find is at night i tend to bite or grind my teeth causing problems if I sleep without my dentures in place. In fact i have a nice sore spot from doing that two nights ago.
I can sleep in them. It doesn't bother me. But in the morning it adds to my routine with having to clean them. I am not a morning person...lol
Just wondering about what others do.
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Sharon Day

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I buy a cheap sports mouth guard. Igot mine on sale at Walmart for about a dollar. (Helps if you buy them off season). You pop out into a cup of boiling water. Place it on your top gums, close your teeth together naturally, then put in cold water to make it hold its shape. This gives your gums a break while allowing your mouth to close naturally. I have found that a kids size guard fits my bare gums best. The adult one is way to large.
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Awesome! I have to do something. Tired of biting myself. Lol
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Schelly

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Great question and awesome solution - thank you both!
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Actually, I have a full set of dentures. But I cannot take one or both out at night. My jaws hyper extend trying to close. (I used to always have TMJ issues). So i’ll Use the guard to give either my upper or lower a break. Works great for me.
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Theta, NW coast USA

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Excellent solution, Sharon Day! I concur!
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I have the same problem. I tend to grind and clench my jaw when I sleep and when I asked the dentist about it after my full upper extractions he said my mouth would train itself not to grind anymore because there wouldn’t be anything to grind against. I find that I haven’t had any issues but in the first couple of days I slept terribly because as soon as I really closed my mouth to sleep it would wake me up. I might have to try the mouth guard anyway just to be sure. Thanks for the advice!
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I used to clench real bad during the day when I worked at my previous job. That was more job related, because I do something different now and it doesn’t happen as often and I try to keep them in during the day so my real bottom teeth don’t jam up into my upper gums. The thought of that creeps me out lol.
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I only have 7 teeth left on the bottom and no teeth on the top. Problem i have is at night my bottom teeth push into my top gum as i sleep leaving indentations and sores. Need a guatd to cover bottom teeth thay wont hurt top gums. Hope that makes sense. Any help or recommendations? Thanks
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Can you place guards over dentures and sleep in them
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Theta, NW coast USA

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Most definitely!
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For those of us still newly healing post-surgery (week 5 here) and who prefer sleeping with dentures-in (with blessing of denturist) --- I've this week newly come to a happy comfortable-medium between sleeping with dentures-in and sleeping with dentures-out.

I was able to sleep with my dentures in for about the first 3 weeks.
Then they became too painful after about 5-6 hours sleeping.

I then tried sleeping without them for a week.
However, my tender healing wounds and gums were waking me, in discomfort, as I suppose that I perhaps continue to clench in my sleep.

I had a somewhat brilliant idea to take my former soft silicone Dental Guard, to re-shape it in boiled water, and with upper denture in, make new impression/new fit.

Voila! It fits beautifully and simply serves to allow me to sleep comfortably with upper denture in all night long, without any discomfort of upper denture teeth cutting into tender lower healing wounds, still sensitive, open-extraction sites.

It works for me. Perhaps it may work for you as well. Give it a try if you too seek a happy medium between sleeping with denture/without denture.

Let us know if this perhaps works for you also!