Mouth guards, night guards, and splints are preventative dental tools designed to protect the teeth against damage. We offer custom mouth guards, night guards, and splints to maximize the benefits of these protective tools and provide a comfortable fit.
Custom Mouth Guards
Many sports require athletes to wear mouth guards when they’re training and playing to protect their teeth. In particular, mouth guards are frequently used in contact sports due to the heightened risk for injury to the mouth.
A mouth guard covers the gums and teeth, providing protection for the lips, gums, teeth, and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can significantly reduce the severity of dental injuries.
Pre-formed, ready-to-wear mouth guards can be purchased inexpensively at many sporting stores, but these mouth guards often don’t provide a good fit. A poorly fitted mouth guard can be uncomfortable and interfere with talking and even breathing.
Sporting goods stores also offer semi-custom mouth guards. With this type of mouth guard, the plastic is heated. Then, the athlete bites down on it while it’s still warm to provide a somewhat-custom fit. These mouth guards are more effective than pre-formed mouth guards, but still don’t provide the same level of protection as a custom mouth guard made by your dentist.
We make custom mouth guards by taking an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we then create a device fitted to your mouth for the highest level of comfort and protection. A custom-fitted mouth guard is especially important for athletes who wear braces, given that braces can make dental injuries more severe.
Custom Night Guards and Splints
A night guard or splint is a dental appliance worn over the biting area of your upper or lower teeth. This appliance protects your teeth from damage at night and can help treat a variety of conditions, including:
- TMJ joint problems
- Clenching of the teeth
- Bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a significant dental concern among patients of all ages. Over time, grinding can cause tooth decay, erosion, gum disease, oral infection, and even tooth loss when left unaddressed. A custom night guard will protect your teeth against grinding and its effects with a personalized fit that you can sleep in comfortably.
Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, tooth positioning, and occlusion to determine the proper night guard for you. As with a mouth guard, we’ll take an impression of your teeth to create the night guard to ensure a perfect fit.
Be sure to bring your night guard to each dental appointment where a tooth restoration is planned to ensure that your night guard fits properly.
If you’re an athlete in need of a mouth guard or could benefit from wearing a night guard or splint, contact us today.