Many patients are surprised when one of our experienced dentists at White River Dental recommends the use of a custom mouth guard. Traditionally, mouth guards are thought of as bulky pieces of sports equipment. However, a mouth guard has far more uses than protecting the teeth from a sports injury. A mouth guard can be worn while a patient sleeps to hold the jaw in proper alignment and prevent a number of problems that lead to oral damage. The use of a custom mouth guard can significantly decrease the need for restorative dentistry treatments to repair dental damage. We are happy to discuss the many benefits of this oral appliance with the mouth guard candidates at our Columbus, IN dental practice.
Is a Mouth Guard Right for Me?
Most non-athletes have never considered the use of a mouth guard. Many assume that, unless they are playing a contact sport, there is no need to wear one of these oral appliances. The truth is that custom mouth guards can be beneficial to a great number of our dental patients. It is actually far more common for a person to wear a mouth guard while they sleep than most people would imagine. If you are wondering if you may be an ideal candidate for a custom mouth guard from our dental practice, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I participate in sports or other athletic activities?
- Do I frequently experience headaches?
- Do I suffer from lockjaw or pain in the jaw or facial muscles?
- Do I snore?
- Have I been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea?
- Do I grind or clench my teeth?
- Has my dentist found dental damage on my back teeth?
Individuals who answers “yes” to even one of these questions may benefit from the use of a mouth guard. Aside from using a mouth guard while participating in sports or other athletic activities, wearing this oral appliance while sleeping can be highly advantageous. A mouth guard holds the jaw in proper alignment to prevent problems such as temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. A mouth guard also protects the teeth and prevents clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism.
Finding a Mouth Guard that is Right for Me
To benefit from all the advantages of a mouth guard, it is important to use one that fits properly. Whether using a mouth guard for sports or while sleeping, the best way to ensure a proper fit is to get a custom mouth guard from our dental practice. Unlike the bulky mouth guards that are found at most athletic or drug stores, our custom pieces fit securely against the teeth so they are hardly felt once in place. We use molds of each patient’s mouth to provide a secure and comfortable fit. These custom mouth guards will not slip out of place, rub against the gums, or compromise a patient’s comfort.
If you believe you may be an ideal candidate for a mouth guard, contact us at your earliest convenience to set up an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. Our team at White River Dental can answer any questions you may have about the benefits of these oral appliances.