Mouth guards are protective devices that are used to protect your teeth and gums from injury. They cover a large area of your mouth, which means that it will also reduce damage to your lips and arches and cheeks.
They are usually recommended for children and adults when playing contact sports, any strong impact to the mouth without protection can really hurt your teeth. Most injuries result in chipped and cracked teeth, but more serious ones might need restorative treatments and more complicated procedures. However, mouth guards can also be used to treat Bruxism. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth clenching and grinding. Although mouth guards can’t revert the damage or help stop the grinding, they can really help stop and protect your teeth from further damage.
There are different types of mouthguards available in stores; most of them are one size fits all or can slightly mold to your mouth. Here at Skyview Dentistry, we custom make your guards so that you can comfortably wear them through the night or during contact sports.
During your first appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth in order to send it to the laboratory and have the experts make a customized guard made out of a rubbery material that will protect from bruxism and direct hits. Night guards not only help prevent bruxism but also help diminish snoring. These guards are specially made so that there are hinges that move the lower jaw and position it a bit more forward than normal, so that the airways are free and unblocked. When the airways are unblocked, air passes through more easily, and can reduce or completely stop snoring.
If you think you could benefit from a mouth guard to treat snoring problems or for sport related use, call (704) 750-0260 or visit us at 210 East Trade Street E- 484, Charlotte, NC 28202 to book your appointment today!