We custom make athletic mouth-guards for our patients which are tough and flexible vinyl coverings for the teeth and gums, thick enough to absorb the impact of blows sustained in contact sports and protect the teeth from being knocked loose or fractured or get grinded during weight lifting in gym.
A mouth-guard should be compulsorily worn whenever a patient is involved in activities that are potentially dangerous to the teeth, gums and tooth-supporting ("alveolar") bone.
We also custom make Night guards (also occlusal guards, splints and bruxing appliances) which are made of rigid or semi-rigid materials like laboratory-processed acrylic. They are generally made to be worn over the biting surfaces of either the upper or lower teeth, and are easily inserted and removed by the patient.
Night guards accomplish three main functions:
- Evenly distribute bite forces to protect the teeth from stresses that can crack or wear them abnormally
- Protect the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) from excessive bite stress generated especially while sleeping that can produce pain, damage to the jaw joint components, and dysfunction.
- Reduce the heavy forces generated by the jaw-closing muscles.
Night guards can prevent damage to teeth and dental restorations, saving the time, expense and potential discomfort of fixing problems that result from subconsciously clenching the jaw muscles and grinding the teeth (bruxism) during sleep.
We also use occlusal guards to treat patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction and pain (TMD); and people suffering from jaw/facial muscle discomfort and fatigue (myalgia). Even in the absence of TMJ problems (TMD) or jaw/facial muscle myalgia, patients having a current bruxism or jaw clenching habit are given Night guard.