Whether you use a mouth guard to prevent injury during sports or damage from teeth grinding or clenching during sleep, these custom dental appliances can be essential for good dental health. Here, our Regina dentists explain why.
What is a Mouth Guard?
A mouth guard is a custom-made tray that fits over your teeth. It can be worn during sports activities to protect your teeth from injury or trauma, or during sleep to protect them from the effects of grinding (bruxism) and jaw disorder (TMJ) symptoms.
We offer both Sports Mouth Guards and Night Mouth Guards.
Sports Mouth Guards
Your dentist can create a custom sports mouth guard to protect your teeth from injury during sports activities.
Most often used in contact sports, like hockey and football, mouth guards are also a good idea for any sport where there's a chance that your face will come into contact with another person or object, like in soccer and gymnastics.
If you get hit in the mouth, a mouth guard acts like a cushion that absorbs the impact more evenly. It provides a barrier between your teeth and the soft tissue in and around your mouth, preventing injuries like chipped or broken teeth and cuts to the lips and gums.
It is very important to have a mouth guard that fits properly. Our dentist will fabricate a custom mouth guard to fit your teeth exactly using Digital scans to ensure a secure, comfortable fit.
Night Mouth Guards
Your dentists can also create a custom night guard for you to protect your teeth while you sleep. Depending on the application, a night guard may be either a bite splint or a bite plane.
If you grind your teeth, your night guard will act as a barrier to help protect your teeth from damaging each other while you sleep.
If you have TMJ, your night guard will help you from clenching your jaw and give you some pain relief.
Prevention & Protection
Custom mouth guards from our dental office can help protect your teeth and jaw from damage, and prevent any future dental problems. With the proper care and storage, your custom mouth guard will protect you for many years to come.