Did you know that many dental injuries happen during contact sports? That is why it is crucial to protect your teeth and keep them out of harms' way. Dental guards can help you protect your teeth while you play sports, knowing that something is protecting you if any accidents were to happen.
Mouth guards act as a protective device so that your teeth and mouth are shielded from any direct impact to the mouth. There are a few options when it comes to mouth guards, you can buy them over the counter, but we recommend you speak to your doctor as the best options are the in-practice solutions. Your dentist can create a mold of your mouth and create a custom made guard that will fit your teeth so you can comfortably wear it.
All the other options are more one-size-fits-all and are bulky and can become uncomfortable to wear, having a more custom made fit makes a difference while wearing it. To do this, the doctor will first examine your mouth take a mold or impression of your teeth. Once done, the mold is sent to the laboratory so that your custom guard can be created. On your next visit, the guard will be tested, and your dentist will make sure that you feel it fits comfortably.
The same procedure will be followed if your concern is to reduce the effects of sleep apnea. A mouth guard can help in many situations, whether you play sports, or suffer from bruxism or grinding of your teeth, to sleep apnea. By adjusting the guard so that your jawline is aligned a certain way, can help when suffering mild or severe sleep apnea.
If you think you can benefit from guards for sports or sleep apnea, our dentists can help by creating a custom made guard help protect your teeth. Call us today at (708) 300-9352 or visit our office on 500 River Oaks Dr, Calumet City, IL 60409 and book your appointment today!