Custom Night Guards
Night guards are removable dental appliances that are carefully moulded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth. These are used to protect teeth and fillings, manage jaw dysfunction, and stabilize the bite or create space prior to restoration procedures.
Do I Need a Night Guard?
You may not be aware of it, but the way your upper and lower teeth meet each other changes over time, especially once bone loss around your teeth sets in. Most patients clench or grind their teeth subconsciously, either during the day while they are concentrating on a task or at night while they sleep. When the teeth wear down, they may shift, causing an unstable bite that is traumatic to ligaments holding teeth within the jawbone.
A bite that is not properly balanced can significantly speed up the rate of bone loss around your teeth, it may also precipitate cracking of the teeth or restorations, shifting of the teeth, or infection, ultimately leading to premature tooth loss.
Night guards can make a world of difference for patients who clench and grind. They can also alleviate pain and prevent destruction of a healthy dentition.
What's Involved in Getting a Night Guard?
The fabrication of your night guard will consist of two short appointments. The first appointment will consist of us taking impressions of your teeth so we can create moulds to send to the dental lab where your night guard will be fabricated. The second appointment will be the delivery of the night guard. At this appointment, we check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.
Mouthguards for Hockey & Other Sports
Mouthguards, also known as sports guards or athletic mouth protectors, are crucial pieces of equipment for any child participating in potentially injurious recreational or sporting activities, such as hockey, basketball, baseball and football. Fitting snugly over the upper teeth, mouthguards protect the entire oral region from traumatic injury, preserving both the aesthetics and health of the smile.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), in particular, advocates for the use of dental mouthguards during any sporting or recreational activity.
How can Mouthguards Protect Me?
The majority of sporting organizations now require participants to routinely wear mouthguards. Though mouthguards are primarily designed to protect the teeth, they can also vastly reduce the degree of force transmitted from a trauma impact point (jaw) to the central nervous system (base of the brain). In this way, mouthguards help minimize the risk of traumatic brain injury. Mouthguards also reduce the prevalence or severity of the following injuries:
We offer professionally fitted, custom sports guards, night guards, as well as sleep and snoring appliances. We are proud to offer Pro-Form dental appliances.
Request a Consultation
To discuss your night guard or sports mouthguard options, call Chelmsford Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.