Mouth & Sports Guards
Mouth GuardsWearing a mouth guard at night while you sleep can help prevent damage caused by teeth grinding, or bruxism. Bruxism can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. Bruxing can even cause a root fracture below the gum line, requiring a root canal and crown to restore the damaged tooth.
Some damage that can occur includes:
Our office offers several different types of mouth guards for varying needs and severity. Dr. Dahle and Dr. Tingey can determine what kind of mouth guard is right for you to wear at night to help you protect your teeth.
Sports GuardsWhen it comes to protecting your mouth, or the mouth of your children, a sports guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be included in your standard equipment from an early age. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, have higher-risk of injuring the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.
There are three types of sports guards:
1. Custom-fitted: These are made specifically for you by your dentist. They may be more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit.
2. Stock: These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. However, they often don't fit well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
3. Boil and bite: These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores, and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.
The most protective mouth guard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, if you can't afford a custom-fitted mouth guard, Dr. Dahle and his team strongly recommend wearing a stock mouth guard or a boil-and-bite mouth guard from the drugstore. Give us a call at 541-881-1794 to learn more about your options.