A mouth guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. Mouth guards should be used by anyone - both children and adults - who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basket ball and field hockey.Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.
If you’re waking up each morning with achy, sensitive teeth or a sore jaw, you could be clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep. It’s a very common problem, especially when people are feeling stressed. Fortunately, there’s a good solution that will protect your teeth and help you feel better: a custom night guard.
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint and it’s where the lower jaw meets the skull. TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorder – this is the name for the symptoms, which include clicking, popping, pain, locking, tightness, headaches, and tooth sensitivity. What often happens is your teeth (even if they are perfectly straight) prevent your jaw from resting where it wants to, and the discrepancy causes your jaw muscles to work overtime.
The great news, however, is that custom night guards can make a tremendous difference. A night guard prevents your upper and lower teeth from coming into contact, lessening the effects of grinding and clenching. It does not stop the habit, but it allows your jaw to rest properly. This helps muscles relax, resulting in improved sleep patterns, too.
Night guards also help you by preventing costly tooth damage. The habit of grinding and clenching can cause chipped teeth, damaged fillings, and excessive wear. One key thing to remember is that over-the-coun
ter night guards can do more harm than good, exacerbating the problem because the fit is not right. That’s why a custom night guard is ideal. Wearing a custom night guard offers effective and comfortable protection.It will not only safeguard your comfort, but the quality of your smile, too. Please call us and ask for more details or ask your dentist at your next visit with us.
Care and Instructions for Night Guard
Care of Night guard
Keep it clean: Brush with toothpaste (or liquid hand soap) and warm water.
Keep it safe: Store in container when not wearing
Do not: Expose it to heat that may distort shape.
Do not boil in water
Do not leave in hot, sun-exposed area
Points to Remember
Your night guard is an appliance custom fit to your teeth only.
You must wear your night guard often in order to keep your teeth aligned in a stable position.
Failure to wear your night guard may result in excessive wear and/or fracture of your teeth that may require extensive dental work to repair.
Failing to regularly wear your night guard may result in drifting of your teeth to a degree that your night guard will no longer fit properly.
Your night guard will eventually wear thin, chip or break and will need replacement.
Please bring your night guard with you to most future dental appointments so that it may be inspected by the dentist.
Please call our clinic if you experience any pain or discomfort from your night guard.
Use of your Night Guard
Place your night guard securely onto your teeth applying pressure equally on both sides.
Remove Night guard by gently prying away from your teeth with your fingers. Try to apply equal pressure to both the right and left sides.
Inspect your night guard regularly for signs of breakage.