Mouth guards are designed to protect your teeth, jaw and face from damage and trauma that can result from impact during sports or a variety of habits and dental conditions.
What is a mouth guard?
Mouth guards are thin pieces of plastic that are placed over the teeth to protect the oral structures.
Why might I need a mouth guard?
Dental injuries are the most common facial injuries in sports. Having a mouth guard (sports guard) will not only protect your teeth from injury due to impact, it can help protect your jaw from injury as well.
TMD is short for temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for moving your bottom jaw up and down and side to side when chewing, talking and yawning.
This disorder can result from teeth grinding and clenching, an abnormal bite, trauma or stress. A splint or a night guard can help alleviate the symptoms of TMD.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Bruxism is the medical term for clenching or grinding teeth. Teeth grinding or clenching may happen unconsciously while you are awake (awake bruxism) but more commonly occurs while you are asleep (sleep bruxism).
Bruxism can lead to broken or worn teeth, fillings or crowns. It can also contribute to implant failure, tension headaches and facial, jaw or tooth pain.
The cause of bruxism is not fully understood but may be related to stress, medical conditions, abnormal bite and genetics.
A fitted bruxism appliance, often referred to as a night guard, can protect your teeth during sleep.
Contact us today to find out whether a mouth guard might be right for you.
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