Although humans use their teeth and jaws for some of the most important behaviors in life – like eating, chewing, and speaking – this area is prone to damage. The flexible joints of the jaw can cause strong impacts that lead to permanent injury, and the teeth themselves are prone to wear and tear over time. At Sunrise Mall Dental Center, we want to help our patients avoid damage to their mouths. Therefore, one of our services is the creation of personalized mouth guards for patients of all ages.
A mouth guard is a specialized dental appliance that sits over the upper teeth. It protects both jaws by being made of a flexible material like soft plastic or rubber. The material stops the teeth from touching, softening impacts, and preventing damaging behaviors like grinding and clenching.
Although some mouth guards can be purchased from a pharmacy or general store, these models do not fit people well. They are intended to be “one size fits most” and don’t offer great protection. This is why many people seek out a custom guard to offer the best defense against potential damage.
Mouth guards are intended for any individual who engages in potentially harmful or destructive behavior. The first category that many people consider is contact sports. We do work with athletes who want to protect their teeth and jaws better.
The second category of people with work with are individuals who suffer from an oral condition like bruxism. When a patient has bruxism, they routinely grind or clench their teeth without realizing. The result is regular damage to the teeth done over a long period of time. When unchecked, bruxism can lead to major dental problems like chips, cracks, fractures, and even permanent tooth loss.
If you need a mouth guard, make an appointment at Sunrise Mall Dental Center. One of our experienced dentists will take x-rays and make a mold of your natural bite to develop your personal mouth guard. The complete model can be ready in as little as two weeks, making it a valuable addition to your oral care regimen.