Floss & Smile Dental Practice provides custom dental appliances in Woodbridge. Mouthguards are important when you are participating in high-impact contact sports. You can depend on us for a complete series of options to find the right protective device. If you play sports or regularly grind your teeth, a mouth or sports guard is exactly what you need.
Whether rugby is your passion, football is your choice, or hockey is your hobby, the sports guards we offer can help protect your mouth. Sports mouthguards are robust plastic appliances that have been designed to cover over and encase an athlete’s teeth and gums. When a guard is worn, it helps to protect the hard (teeth and jaw) and soft (lips, cheeks, gums) tissues of the mouth by way of absorbing and redistributing the forces generated by traumatic blows.
Athletic mouthguards can also help avoid teeth damage that might be caused due to teeth-to-teeth contact, blows directed to the head, hard collisions, or other forcible actions. The resiliency of that portion of a mouthguard that covers over the chewing surface of the wearer’s teeth can help to cushion the effects of this reaction and therefore, help to prevent tooth damage.
Teeth grinding or bruxism affects a lot of people. While some do it intentionally during the day, it becomes a larger issue when you do it at night while asleep. It can irritate gums, cause jaw pain, damage enamel, and wear down teeth. Your partner’s sleep might also be troubled if the noise from teeth grinding gets loud enough.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the clenching together of the upper and lower jaws. Clenching can cause pressure on the tissues, muscles, and other surrounding structures of the jaw, and can cause headaches, neck pain, ear pain, jaw pain, tense muscles, jaw joint disorders, and excessive wear on the teeth. Together, these symptoms are referred to as “TMJ” problems (temporomandibular joint).
You should choose a night mouthguard if you grind your teeth while sleeping. It is custom-designed to fit over the lower teeth and acts as a barrier between the top and bottom teeth when you sleep. The night guard has three purposes. The first purpose is to simply put something in between your two sets of teeth, the second thing the night guard does is that it gives the muscle a different position to rest and function, and the third thing the night guard does is that it gives your jaw the required support and freedom to move.
The purpose of a personalized night guard is that it can be shaped to fit the patient’s bite exactly. When you bite down, you will have full and even support.