For most people, the right oral hygiene habits at home and regular care from their dentist in Springfield are enough to protect their teeth and gums from damage. Unfortunately, there are certain habits, lifestyle factors, and conditions that can place your smile in harm’s way. We can give you the added layer of protection you need with custom-made nightguards and mouthguards.
Many local stores sell over-the-counter mouthguards, which are affordable and convenient; however, they don’t offer the same level of protection as those available in our office. Store-bought mouthguards often aren’t custom-fit. Not only can this cause irritation, but it may fail to protect your teeth and jaw correctly. Instead, it is best to visit our office to have one custom-made to safeguard your smile.
Smiles in Springfield offers 3 types of mouthguards:
Bruxism is a condition that causes you to grind or clench your teeth at night. This can be caused by stress, a poorly aligned bite, or another issue. Although it may not seem like a large concern, the pressure and grinding can impact your oral health and your quality of life over time. You may develop jaw pain or headaches. Eventually, your teeth may also become loose and fall out. You also have a heightened risk of broken or fractured teeth, as well as enamel erosion.
A mouthguard acts as a protective barrier between the top and bottom teeth to reduce the friction. This not only protects them from damage, but it relieves the other symptoms associated with the condition.
5 million Americans lose teeth in sports-related injuries each year. Whether you’re playing a friendly game of basketball or your child is riding their bike, a sportsguard is a necessary piece of protection.
It’s custom-made fit to your mouth to protect the teeth and gums from injury if there’s impact or trauma to the face. Not only can it help to prevent knocked-out, broken, or dislodged teeth, but the Academy of General Dentistry reports it can also protect against a concussion.
If you suffer from reoccurring jaw pain, you may have a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The joint connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. When it doesn’t function correctly, it can lead to several issues, such as difficulty chewing, headaches, and facial pain. There are several forms of treatment depending on the cause of the disorder, but TMJ therapy usually begins with a nightguard.
A nightguard repositions your jaw into a more comfortable resting position to take unnecessary pressure off the joints. Over time, your jaw is trained to rest in this position naturally. This helps your muscles relax and stabilizes your bite to reduce your TMJ disorder symptoms.
Give your smile the added layer of protection it needs to last for a lifetime. We offer mouthguards in Springfield for the entire family. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.