If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), our dentist may prescribe a mouth-guard to help you manage the problem. Mouth-guards are custom made and fit over either the upper or lower teeth, preventing the upper and lower teeth from touching and absorbing the impact of the grinding or clenching. Worn while sleeping or during stressful periods in the day, mouth-guards protect your teeth from wearing down and help reduce enamel damage, jaw joint inflammation, and gum irritation. They also protect your teeth and jaw joints from trauma that can be sustained while playing sports. A good mouth-guard should be of sufficient thickness in the correct areas, resilient, well retained, comfortable, and should not interfere with speaking and breathing.
It typically takes 2 dentist appointments to receive a custom-made mouth-guard. During the 1st visit, our dentist takes a bite record and makes an impression of your teeth. These will be used to create a custom-made mouth-guard that allows for proper teeth alignment. During the 2nd visit, the patient gives the mouth-guard a test run and our dentist makes the necessary adjustments.