Mouthguards and Splints
Do you clench or grind your teeth at night?
Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) means clamping your upper teeth and lower back teeth tightly together, which results in tooth wear and chipping of the teeth. The continuous pressure on the tissues, muscles and other structures of the jaw causes jaw pain, headache and other discomforts.
To help alleviate the stress in your jaw, your doctors at Warner Lakes Dental will recommend jaw exercises. However, for additional protection we also recommend wearing an occlusal splint, which will be used during sleeping hours in order to prevent bruxism.
The splint prevents teeth from grinding by keeping your upper teeth and lower teeth from making contact while you sleep. As a result, it prevents the grinding activity and the possible damage it can cause on your teeth.
Types of Mouthguards
There are two main types of mouthguards – stock and custom-fitted. Between the two, custom-made mouthguards offers the best protection and comfort. They are a flexible appliance made from a high-quality plastic, which is why they provide invaluable protection to teeth for people playing any sports.
The Benefits of Custom-fitted Mouthguards
- Made by a dental professional
- Fit perfectly on your teeth
- The accurate fit maximises the functionality of the mouthguard
- Allows the wearer to talk and breathe comfortably
When Should You Wear a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard recommended by your dentist must be worn every time you go to sleep; this is especially applicable for patients who suffer from bruxism. You also need to wear a mouthguard whenever playing any contact sports to protect your teeth and mouth from injuries.
Mouthguards helps to absorb the shock experienced by a collision during athletic play, which can lead to serious injuries such as jaw or teeth fractures, concussion, and soft tissue lacerations.
High-quality Mouthguards and Splints at Warner Lakes Dental
If you grind your teeth or are into contact sports, be sure to have a mouthguard that’s custom-made by your dentist. High-quality, customised splints and mouthguards offer the best fit, comfort and protection, which over-the-counter guards fail to provide. At Warner Lakes Dental, we ensure that you get the superior quality mouthguard for the best fit and protection that you always need.
We are your trusted dental care partners in Warner. Call us today or book your appointment online.