Custom Athletic and Night Protection Mouthguards
At our practice, we focus on prevention. While cleanings and exams are a crucial part of this, prevention also includes taking steps to avoid damage when there is a risk.
It’s unfortunate, but we see so many patients with injuries to their teeth that could have been prevented. Sports-related injuries and damage caused by grinding and clenching at nighttime are often behind teeth that require restoration.
This doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite game or stop sleeping! At DFD, we can craft customized athletic and nighttime mouthguards to protect your teeth from injury and help you avoid pain and dental emergencies.
A study in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that up to 39% of all dental injuries are related to sports! If you (or your child!) participate in sports, there’s a good chance that at some point you will sustain an injury to your mouth. These injuries also tend to be front and center, causing pain and embarrassment from damaged teeth.
Some of the sports most frequently associated with dental injuries include:
- Baseball and softball
- Field and ice hockey
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, however, recommends that a mouthguard be worn for these sports, as well:
- Horseback riding
- Inline skating
- Martial arts
- Skiing or snowboarding
Although we often think of injury as coming from a ball hitting us in the face, many injuries are also caused by collisions with other players or the ground.
A customized mouthguard will absorb the shock of impact to protect your teeth. It will not impede your breathing, so you can still perform at your very best.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is the name for chronic clenching and grinding of your teeth. It can be caused by many things, including stress, a misaligned bite, or certain conditions of the jaw joint.
Your jaw can exert a lot of force. While this is great news if you want to eat a raw carrot or tear into some beef jerky, it’s not so great when the force is being applied to your own teeth! Clenching and grinding can do serious damage to your teeth – you may even fracture or lose teeth.
The signs of teeth grinding and clenching are distinctive. Our team will check for worn enamel, damage to the chewing surfaces of your teeth, and abfractions, or notches in your teeth near the gumline.
If you are diagnosed with bruxism, we recommend that you wear a nightguard while you sleep to avoid further damage to your teeth. We will explore the root causes of your bruxism to see if it can be stopped altogether. For example, if a misalignment is causing you to clench and grind, this may be solved with orthodontic treatment or a dental restoration.
We Want to Help You Keep Your Teeth for a Lifetime
Call Denver Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation. We’ll discuss your lifestyle and examine your teeth to see if a customized mouthguard is a good choice for you!