Protect Your Teeth with a Custom Mouth Guard
Millions of Americans suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding. In addition to causing damage to teeth, this condition can also result in jaw and neck pain, headaches, and increased tooth sensitivity. Fortunately for sufferers, we offer custom mouth guards at our Long Island, NY-area practice. These mouth guards can protect your smile and prevent the painful symptoms of teeth grinding.
Mouth guards are also recommended for athletes who take part in high-risk sports. Unlike store-bought generic mouth guards, a professional mouth guard from Greater Long Island Dental will be custom-made to provide exceptional comfort and security.
To learn more about the benefits of professional mouth guards, schedule a personal consultation with one of our doctors today.
Night Guards for Bruxism
Teeth grinding or clenching most often occurs during sleep, so most sufferers cannot consciously avoid it. When left untreated, teeth grinding can lead to worn-down teeth and even structural damage to the gums and jaw. In these cases, we can provide a mouth guard that is worn during sleep to prevent dental damage and other negative side effects. Professional night guards can also prevent bruxism from causing damage to dental restorations such as crowns or bridges. When you arrive for a fitting, your night guard will be custom-designed based on impressions of your smile, which will ensure an optimal, comfortable fit.
Sports Mouth Guards
Athletes who participate in high-risk sports such as football, hockey, soccer, and basketball, as well as recreational activities such as skateboarding and mountain biking, should wear a mouth guard to help protect their teeth, lips, tongue, and soft tissues of the mouth. Additionally, mouth guards can also help to minimize the risk of concussion. Your custom sports mouth guard will be fitted to your specific measurements to ensure the greatest level of protection, unlike over the counter guards, which can become loose or even fall out of the mouth. Finally, athletes who purchase an over-the-counter dental guard can often find that they develop pain or other complications with prolonged usage.
Benefits over Store-bought Mouth Guards
Store-bought mouth guards are inferior to professional types for a number of reasons:
- First, generic mouth guards are often thicker and bulkier than custom types. When a mouth guard is not properly fitted, it can cause discomfort, difficulty breathing, and can even damage tooth alignment. Many dentists believe that store-bought mouth guards can actually encourage teeth grinding because their materials can be overly soft.
- Store-bought mouth guards are also typically made of lower quality materials than professional types, so they usually need to be replaced more often. Since your professional mouth guard will be custom-fitted based on a detailed mold of your bite, it will have a virtually perfect fit.
As an added benefit, your dentist will evaluate the fit of your guard before leaving our office to determine if any adjustments are needed.
Learn More about Custom Mouth Guards
Dental damage resulting from nighttime teeth grinding or physical trauma during contact sports can often be easily avoided with a custom mouth guard. To schedule a fitting for your professional mouth guard, reach out to Greater Long Island Dental today.
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