Many patients suffer from bruxism or the grinding of teeth. This can be caused by stress, misalignment, or other causes. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to severe dental damage. Mouth guards are a form of an oral appliance that can be worn over your teeth while you sleep or during athletic activities to help prevent injury and damage to your teeth.
Night guards are especially useful for patients who clench their jaws and grind their teeth at night. Grinding can cause enamel erosion and wear down teeth, which is painful and costly to treat. Wearing a mouth guard can also relieve jaw pain caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The National Institutes of Health estimates that approximately 10 million Americans suffer from TMJD, which can cause headaches, earaches, and lockjaw. While there is no cure for TMJD, wearing a night guard can prevent the discomfort from worsening due to grinding while sleeping.
Mouthguards to Protect Teeth
Mouth guards are also recommended for those playing sports to prevent injury to your teeth and gums. Athletes often experience chipped or broken front teeth as a result of the impact on their faces. A custom-fit mouth guard can help absorb the force of an impact on the face and reduce the likelihood of a severe injury. Custom mouth guards also protect soft tissue in the mouth, such as the tongue, lips, cheeks, and gums, from being injured. We can make a custom mouth guard within a few weeks using molds of your mouth to ensure a comfortable and effective fit.
When considering the benefits of using a mouthguard, it should be clear that they are extremely beneficial for people of all ages. They help protect the teeth from damage and help reduce pain and discomfort in specific areas of the mouth.
Mouthguards to Prevent Teeth Grinding
A night guard is an oral appliance that can be worn while sleeping to help prevent damage from teeth grinding or clenching. Night guards work to absorb the pressure between the top and bottom rows of teeth, protecting them from excessive wear and damage. Additionally, the guards can help relax your jaw muscles and relieve tension in the muscles of the head and neck for more comfortable sleep. Although a night guard is not a cure for bruxism, it is most often recommended as a first line of defense against future problems.
If you grind your teeth regularly and have concerns about the health of your teeth, contact our dentist Alicia Abeyta, or call (505)-293-7611 for a consultation today! You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.