A Custom Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Smile
Many patients suffer from bruxism and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder which can lead to pain as well as oral health issues. A mouth guard is a simple solution that can protect your teeth from the adverse effects associated with clenching and grinding as well as potential trauma that can occur while participating in athletic activities. Dr. Paul Archacki can provide custom mouth guards at our Boynton Beach, FL, practice to protect your smile.
Is a Mouth Guard Right for You?
Mouth guards are an effective solution for a variety of issues. Your night guard will be customized to your needs and can be espeically beneficial for:
Teeth grinding or clenching can occur throughout the day. However, these habits are most common during sleep. Therefore, the majority of patients who suffer from this condition cannot consciously control or avoid it. Bruxism may be acute or chronic, depending on the patient. Periods of stress can also lead to temporary grinding, but for many patients, it is a long-term issue. Without treatment, bruxism can cause extensive wear on the teeth, destroy restorations such as dental crowns, as well as cause significant structural damage to the jaw joints and gums.
A mouth guard is a simple solution that can protect your teeth from the adverse effects associated with clenching and grinding as well as dental trauma.
To prevent these issues, we can design a custom mouth guard for you to wear while sleeping. Your oral appliance will be crafted to fit your bite, slipping snugly over teeth, for the most effective treatment that protects against damaging forces.
Treating TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder can occur independently or in conjunction with bruxism. Patients commonly develop TMJ disorder due to an injury, malocclusion, stress, or excessive grinding. Left untreated, TMJ disorder can lead to:
- Sore jaw muscles
- Locking of the jaw joint
- Chronic headaches
- Pain in the shoulders, neck, or back
Dr. Archacki also offers custom mouth guards for TMJ disorder. These devices can effectively manage uncomfortable symptoms by shifting your jaw into proper position and preventing overuse of the jaw muscles. Your mouth guard will be designed and adjusted to treat your specific symptoms.
Protection for Athletes
According to several studies, 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries are sports-related. As such, mouth guards are highly recommended for all athletes. High contact sports such as football, hockey, and soccer are among the most high-risk activities. However, the American Dental Association also recommends wearing a mouth guard for non-contact sports such as:
Wearing a protective appliance can significantly reduce your risk for dental trauma.
Custom Oral Appliances vs Store-Bought Mouth Guards
While any mouth guard is better than no protection, professional mouth guards offer significant advantages over store-bought options. Typically, over-the-counter mouth guards are bulkier and more cumbersome than their custom-made counterparts. If the device does not fit properly, it can lead to discomfort and obstructed breathing. In some cases, they can even have a negative impact on your bite. In fact, store-bought guards can be so uncomfortable that many patients stop wearing them altogether.
In contrast, a custom mouth guard is designed according to your bite. With an optimal fit, you can expect a more comfortable and effective appliance.
Schedule Your Consultation
A mouth guard can be highly beneficial to many patients. To find out if a mouth guard is a good solution for you, schedule a consultation by contacting our office online or calling us at (561) 736-1177. Dr. Archacki is dedicated to providing high-quality solutions that serve your best interest.
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