Mouth Guards Can Protect Your Smile from Damage

woman inserting mouth guardDental damage resulting from nighttime teeth grinding or physical trauma experienced during contact sports can often be easily avoided with a custom mouth guard. Mouthguards can also prevent damage to dental restorations, and relieve symptoms of temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder. Dr. Jeffrey J. Emmi offers custom-fitted mouth guards to serve the diverse needs of patients in Wilmington, DE. Contact Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates to schedule a fitting for your custom mouth guard.

Do I Need a Mouth Guard?

While mouth guards are most commonly used to protect teeth while playing contact sports, Dr. Emmi also offers mouth guards designed to prevent bruxism and (teeth grinding) and relieve symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. He may also prescribe a nighttime mouth guard to prevent damage to your dental restorations. Your mouth guard will be custom-designed based on impressions of your smile to ensure an optimal, comfortable fit.

Sports Mouth Guards

Wearing a mouth guard during contact sports helps athletes minimize their risk of injuries to their teeth, lips, tongue, and soft tissues of the mouth. They can also decrease the risk of concussion. Mouth guards should be used by all children and adults who play contact sports such as football, boxing, martial arts, ice hockey, or lacrosse. Additionally, those participating in recreational activities that might pose a risk to the teeth, such as skateboarding or mountain biking, can also benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard. Your custom sports mouth guard will be fitted to your specific measurements to ensure the greatest level of protection.

Mouth Guards for Bruxism

Mouth guards are also commonly worn to help patients prevent bruxism, or teeth grinding, while they sleep. Bruxism affects millions of patients and most commonly occurs during sleep, when patients are unable to consciously stop it from happening. When left untreated, the continued friction and pressure can lead to chips, cracks, or an overall weakening of the teeth. Patients who clench or grind their teeth at night can wear a mouth guard during sleep to protect their smiles from structural damage. Mouth guards can also prevent bruxism patients from damaging dental restorations such as crowns or bridges.

Mouthguards for TMJ Disorder

In addition to helping patients with bruxism, mouth guards are also an effective aid for those suffering from TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull and help to control jaw movement. When these joints become strained or inflamed, it can result in painful symptoms like headaches and shoulder pain. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, Dr. Emmi may prescribe a special mouth guard to gently reposition the jaw, reducing strain and symptoms.

Schedule an Appointment for a Custom Fitting

A custom-made mouth guard provided by Dr. Emmi can help you and your loved ones avoid chipped, broken, and lost teeth. Unlike over-the-counter guards that can fit poorly, our guards are custom made to fit your mouth, providing exceptional comfort and security. To learn more about the benefits of mouth guards, schedule an appointment.

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