Mouthguards are fairly simple in design but produce a wide range of benefits for oral health. Most often, when you think about mouthguards, you think about athletic mouthguards and the benefits produced when worn during sports. However, mouthguards can also be used to aid certain conditions, such as disorders of the temporomandibular joint. Mouthguards are also effective for relieving the symptoms of bruxism. As a family dentist, Valley Dentists of Belchertown, mouthguards are provided by our office for sports, bruxism, and TMJ therapy.
Anyone who participates in sports should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard. Mouthguards act as a protective barrier to reduce the severity of injury if there is trauma to the mouth or jaw. Often, people choose to use over-the-counter mouthguards. While these are affordable, you are placing your oral health at risk. Over-the-counter mouthguards do not offer the perfect fit needed to properly protect the teeth. The only way to get maximum protection is with a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist.
Athletic mouthguards from your dentist are made from a soft, flexible material that enhance comfort while also absorbing impact during trauma. The mouthguard will fully cover both the teeth and gums for maximum protection.
Bruxism and TMJ Mouthguards
Mouthguards used for bruxism and TMJ help to reduce damage to the teeth and decrease stress on the temporomandibular joint. While these mouthguards are similar to athletic mouthguards, there are some pretty clear differences between the two.
Bruxism and TMJ mouthguards, also known as dental night guards, are made from a durable acrylic plastic so they are not as flexible as athletic mouthguards. This is necessary so the mouthguards withstand the force of teeth grinding and clenching better than those used for athletic purposes.
Dental night guards help to reduce damage to the teeth from prolonged grinding and clenching of the teeth. Those who have bruxism and TMJ disorders often developed damaged and weakened teeth over time due to the pressure and strain placed on the teeth. A mouthguard acts a as a barrier between the top and bottom teeth to reduce the stress and pressure placed on the teeth. As a result, the teeth are protected from damage and excessive wear and tear caused by these conditions.
When it comes to protecting your oral health, you need a custom-made mouthguard. Over-the-counter mouthguards may be convenient and affordable, but they will not provide you with adequate protection or comfort. Do not place your oral health at risk by choosing a drug store mouthguard.
At Valley Dentists of Belchertown, we provide a wide range of mouthguards to meet your needs. No matter if you need a mouthguard for TMJ therapy or for athletics, we create a customized mouth guard that delivers the highest level of protection. Our mouthguards are made from high-quality material that offer enhanced comfort and function.
If you are in need of a custom-made mouthguard, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.