As a dentist in Tullahoma, we’ve seen firsthand how important prevention is and know that our patients prefer to minimize dental work whenever possible. One of the best ways to avoid problems such as chipped or knocked-out teeth is through protective appliances like nightguards and sportsguards. If you want to be proactive about preventing injuries and dental problems, give us a call today. Getting a custom-made appliance is easier than you might think and will protect your teeth for many years to come.
It’s estimated that 10% of adults clench and grind while sleeping. Also called bruxism, this common behavior is often a side effect of stress, but can also be caused by bite alignment issues, poor posture, high caffeine consumption, and sleep apnea.
The chronic pressure on teeth can lead to cracks, fractures and chips over time and also puts stress on the jaw joint (TMJ). Here are some common symptoms you may notice if you clench and grind:
Although you can’t always prevent yourself from clenching and grinding, you can protect your teeth and jaws by regularly wearing a nightguard.
A sportsguard (also called a mouthguard) is a smooth, comfortable appliance that covers and protects your teeth and prevents injuries to your lips, tongue, face, and jaw. Research has also shown that custom-made mouthguards even reduce the severity of concussions by redistributing forces from head and neck impact.
As a general and children’s dentist in Tullahoma, we recommend sportsguards for any kids, teens, or adults who engage in contact sports or recreational activities like mountain biking.
Wearing a mouthguard is an important habit that can keep you or your loved ones out of the dental chair (or emergency room) – but all mouthguards aren’t created equal.
Simply put – yes! Research has found that store-bought mouthguards aren’t as protective as custom-made varieties for two main reasons. First, the snug, comfortable fit provided by a custom-made mouthguard is better because it won’t shift around in the mouth. The idea that a store-bought mouthguard is “one size fits all” couldn’t be further from the truth.
Also, as a dentist in Tullahoma, we make our appliances with material that’s significantly thicker, making them more effective and a lot more durable.
Everyone gets just one set of adult teeth that must last them the rest of their life. Wearing a protective nightguard or sportsguard is a great way to make sure they stay healthy as long as possible.