A mouth guard is a custom-fitted oral appliance that is used for both protective and therapeutic reasons. They are worn to protect the mouth; either from trauma while engaging in contact sports, or from damage caused by grinding of the teeth during sleep. Mouth guards are also used in therapeutic treatment of TMJ disorder.
There can be some confusion about the types of mouth guards and their specific purpose. Dr. Radu will analyze your particular issues and explain how you can benefit from wearing a protective or therapeutic mouth guard.
Dr. Radu takes impressions of your teeth and forms a high-quality, flexible plastic mouth guard that fits your mouth perfectly. It’s durable and stays in place when you need it to.
Protecting your smile in action
A sports mouth guard is a custom-made oral appliance that is worn during sports or other activities that can present a potential for trauma to the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue and jaw.
A mouth guard can be helpful for activities such as:
- Boxing and wrestling
- Football, basketball or soccer
- Martial arts
- Skateboarding or surfing
- Gymnastics and acrobatics
- Racquetball or handball
Mouth guards can be especially useful for those who wear braces, dentures or partial dentures, or have restorations such crowns or veneers on the front teeth!
Protecting your smile while you sleep
Some people habitually grind or clench their teeth during sleep – a condition known as bruxism. The excessive forces involved can be very harmful to the teeth, especially over a period of months or even years. A night mouth guard worn during sleep will help protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding.
Some of the possible effects of teeth grinding are as follows:
- Wears down the surfaces of the teeth, damaging the enamel
- Causes tooth sensitivity
- Can lead to gum disease
- Eventually destroys dental restorations such as veneers and crowns
- Creates notches in the teeth
- Causes jaw pain and headaches
Grinding can be a result of stress, but can even be caused by a misaligned bite! Dr. Radu uses a high-tech diagnostic tool called a T-scan to evaluate your bite and plan a remedy. Often, this involves a comfortable night guard that is worn while you sleep and helps even out your bite.
If you believe that you grind your teeth while sleeping, or if you awaken with clenched jaws or a sore jaw joint, you should see Dr. Radu and have him check for bruxism or a misaligned bite.561.220.0454