Protect Your Teeth from Grinding and Injuries
Mouth guards are special appliances that cover and protect the teeth from damage. The devices are usually recommended to individuals that play contact sports or that grind or clench their teeth.
While you can find inexpensive mouth guards at nearly any drugstore or sporting goods store, they are stock or “boil and bite” guards. These can be uncomfortable and bulky, and make it difficult to break and speak clearly. In addition, they offer limited protection.
The best mouth guards are custom-fitted by a dentist for the greatest protection and the most comfortable feel. Dr. Andrew Hunter fits individually designed mouth guards in El Cajon to protect his patients from serious dental damage.
Minimize the Impact of Tooth Grinding and Clenching
Regularly clenching or grinding the teeth puts tremendous pressure on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, and can cause the teeth to chip, break or even develop cavities. There can be other consequences, too, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
What’s worst is that many people aren’t even aware that they clench or grind because it happens in their sleep. If you wake up in the morning with jaw pain or headaches, you might clench or grind, and you should be evaluated by a dentist or physician for these behaviors.
Wearing a fitted mouth guard won’t stop you from clenching or grinding, but it will protect your teeth from the pressure and force.
Reduce the Risks of Sports-Related Injuries
Anyone that plays contact or collision sports (including football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer or boxing) should be fitted for a mouth guard. Avid bikers and skateboarders should also seek out a custom-fitted mouth guard.
These appliances typically cover the upper teeth, which are at a slightly higher risk of injury than the lower teeth because of their projection. Wearing a mouth guard can protect against injury to the teeth, lips and tongue. Without a mouth guard, a sudden impact could break the teeth, knock out the teeth or cause serious lacerations in the mouth.
Mouth guards are perfectly appropriate to wear over braces — in fact, they protect against damage to the brackets and wires. A custom-fitted mouth guard can be created to fit comfortably over orthodontics and provide the best protection.
Fitting and Placement
Your custom mouth guards will be individually made to fit your unique specifications. Dr. Hunter will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental laboratory that crafts your mouth guard. Once your appliance is ready, Dr. Hunter will have you try it on, making any on-the-spot adjustments as needed.
Your mouth guard will be lightweight and comfortable. You should be able to breathe and speak easily while wearing the mouth guard.
The materials used to create mouth guards are top notch for long-lasting durability. Though mouth guards are strong, they need to be handled carefully. Dr. Hunter will give you instructions for cleaning and caring for your mouth guard, so you can use it for many years to come.
Get Fitted for a Mouth Guard in El Cajon
For more information about custom-fitted mouth guards, please call (619) 444-6157 or email our practice today.