Two of the most common ways people injure their mouths are from bruxism (teeth grinding) and sports/activity injuries. Teeth grinding puts pressure on the teeth and jaw, causing cracking and wear, while impacts from sports injuries cause tooth loss, broken teeth and bones, and cracked teeth, among other things.
Sports injuries can happen in a split second while bruxism occurs over time, but both types of injuries can be prevented by the same solution: custom-fitted mouth guards and bite appliances.
Sports guards for the mouth are made from flexible plastic, molded to fit your teeth. The guard acts as a shock absorber, taking the force of the injury and protecting your jaw, teeth, and head from damage. Bite appliances are likewise made from flexible plastic custom-fitted to your mouth, but instead act to prevent you from grinding your teeth together, stopping bruxism from causing harm.
We can help you decide if a guard or appliance is right for you, and provide you with your specialized piece in less time than you might think! If you play sports or have a sore jaw after sleeping, ask us for an assessment at your next visit. Your teeth will thank you!