Mouth guards protect the teeth, tongue, cheeks, lips and jaws from injury. By absorbing the shock of impact, mouth guards protect teeth against chips, cracks, fractures, damage and dislodging. They also help avoid more serious injuries, including concussions, jaw fractures and neck injuries, by preventing the lower jaw from making contact with the upper jaw.
Athletic Mouth Guards
Along with protective gear during sporting events, such as a helmet, pads, a helmet, proper shoes and gloves, it makes sense to take the same precautions for your mouth. Mouth guards are recommended if there is a chance of making contact with other participants or hard surfaces. A custom-made mouth guard can be created for you based on a dental impression of your mouth. It should fit snugly and comfortably for optimal results.
For our athletic patients, we often recommend a type of mouth guard called an athletic mouth guard or sports guard. Sports guards fit over your teeth while you play sports and participate in other athletic activities to protect your smile from injury. Sports guards are especially important for our patients who play high-contact sports such as wrestling, football, hockey and rugby; however, all types of athletes can benefit from an athletic mouth guard. Whether you play soccer, basketball or baseball, a sports guard can be a great way to protect your smile and keep it safe.
A custom-made mouth guard is the most effective in protecting your smile. This type of mouth guard is designed to comfortably fit your smile and prevent dental injury such as knocked out and chipped teeth as well as help to prevent injury to the soft tissues of the mouth. A custom-made mouth guard also interferes the least with speech and breathing.
Over-the-counter athletic mouth guards, such as the boil-and-bite variety, can be effective. However, if you would like optimal protection and a comfortable, custom-fitted appliance, we invite you to visit our office.
Custom-fit mouth guards are prescribed and created by a dental professional from thermoplastic material and are based on a detailed mold taken of your mouth and teeth. They can be made for either sports or for nighttime teeth grinding and are created differently depending on the intended use. They are highly personalized, as your dentist can adjust the thickness of the mouth guard, and they are designed to fit perfectly in your mouth with no adjustments needed.
First, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This is generally done using a dental putty that forms to all the crevices of each tooth and creates an exact mold of your smile. The mold is then sent to the lab, where the actual mouth guard is created. The structure is made by layering superheated plastic to precise specifications and is then cooled to create an extremely durable piece of dental wear.
Because custom mouth guards are so precisely made, they are able to provide you with optimal safety and comfort. The level of protection afforded by custom-fitted mouth guards is superior to any other mouth guard, and their durability is enhanced by the snug shape, which hugs each tooth closely, eliminating unwanted movement.
If you are experiencing chronic headaches and migraines because of involuntary night-time teeth clenching, let us help you with a night guard. A night guard is a thin, transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth. Night guards have also proven to be an effective remedy for patients who are suffering from the effects of grinding and clenching their teeth while sleeping.
The Night Guard Fitting Process
- Impressions are taken of your upper and lower teeth to confirm an accurate fit
- Using your impressions as a mold, the night guard is designed out of strong, durable plastic
- When the guard is finished, it is properly fitted to your mouth
- Simply wear the guard while you sleep every night
Benefits of a Night Guard
- Prevents migraine pain
- Can reduce the damage caused by grinding teeth during sleep
- Prevents tension-type headache pain
- Can help prevent jaw disorders by relieving pressure
- Prevents the development of TMD (temporomandibular disorder)
Call us at (586) 574-3050 to find out if you might benefit from a custom-made night guard.