Oak Ridge Dental provides several types of customized bite guards to help protect your teeth, jaw, and other oral structures from sustaining damage. Our dentist offers both in-office night guards (bruxism guards) and sports mouth guards to meet your needs. To learn more about our custom mouth guards in Burnsville, Minnesota, and to make your appointment with Dr. Jeff Olson, call us today at 952-435-0355.
Bruxism guards, also known as night guards, are a custom-made oral appliance designed to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding and clenching your teeth. Bruxism (grinding and clenching of the teeth) can occur at any time, but is much more common at night. As you clench and grind your teeth, you put extreme pressure on the teeth, which causes cracks, breaks, chipping, and wearing in your enamel or your tooth restorations. Night guards prevent this damage from occurring, and in some cases work to correct your bite. After your bruxism has been successfully managed, our dentist can begin working with you to restore your smile to full health and beauty.
Sports Mouth Guards
If you participate in any kind of sport or recreational athletic activity – even if it is not a contact sport – we recommend that you be fitted for a sports mouth guard. Sports mouth guards help to prevent damage to your teeth, gums, cheeks, lips, and jaw, and have even been known to reduce the likelihood of neck injuries.
Few people realize that the jaw joint is one of the strongest muscles in your body. When clenched during sports or exercise, it produces hormones that lead to stress, fatigue, and distraction. Repositioning your jaw relieves your natural fight-or-flight clenching, and allows your jaw muscles to relax while you are competing.
For more information about bruxism guard and sports mouth guards, and to schedule a consultation with our dentist, please contact our office today.