Mouthguards safeguard teeth and delicate oral tissues from harm. Without mouthguards, injuries to the teeth, tongue, mouth, and other soft tissues are commonplace in contact sports. Mouthguards also protect against teeth grinding and damage from temporomandibular disorders (TMJ). The Tahquitz Dental Group provides customized mouthguards to give you the protection that you need!
Mouthguards for Sports
Engaging in competitive or recreational sports without a mouthguard doubles your risk of injury to the teeth or soft tissues. That’s why the American Dental Association encourages the use of mouthguards for over twenty-five different sports. While over-the-counter ‘boil and bite’ mouthguards are cheap, users often complain about a loose fit that reduces effectiveness. With mouthguards, you get what you pay for! Superior protection is only offered by custom-made mouthguards.
At the Tahquitz Dental Group, our process begins with an impression of your teeth which is then used to create a customized mouthguard from strong resin. The final product fits snugly, allowing normal speech and the peace of mind that you are protecting your teeth while enjoying sporting activities. With appropriate care, your mouthguard lasts several sporting seasons.
Mouthguards for Teeth Grinding
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, typically occurs during sleep for most patients. Some individuals experience daytime bruxism due to stress or a temporomandibular disorder. Although treatment varies between individuals, the need to shield your enamel from the detrimental forces caused by jaw clenching and teeth grinding is undeniable!
A customized mouthguard, also referred to as a “nightguard,” is an easy solution to avoid the damage caused by teeth grinding. The guard fits perfectly onto the teeth and should not noticeably alter your speech. Most patients find that wearing the mouthguard regularly is sufficient to stop the bruxing episodes that cause morning jaw pain and headaches.
Invest in Your Oral Health
Whether you’re an athlete looking to protect your mouth during sports, or someone suffering from bruxism, a customized mouthguard is an excellent investment in your oral health. For a mouthguard fitting, contact our dental team at Palm Springs’ Tahquitz Dental Group to schedule a consultation.