Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
The purpose of a mouth guard, also known as a bite guard, is to protect your teeth by absorbing shock from clenching or grinding your teeth. Protecting your teeth from damage is essential for your oral health, plus, helps save you money in the long run. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we can provide you with a custom-made mouth guard to protect your teeth from wear and tear.
Who needs a mouth guard?
For patients who clench and grind their teeth, a mouth guard can be worn to bear the brunt of the pressure that would otherwise be exerted onto your teeth and jaw muscles. Clenching and grinding of the teeth is referred to as bruxism, and sometimes patients are unaware that they suffer from this condition. The biggest problem with bruxism is that it slowly causes damage to your teeth by wearing them down, exposing the inner layer of your teeth, leading to extensive dental issues.
Bruxism can result in:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw joint disorders
- Broken teeth
- Loose teeth
- Unexplained mouth or head pain
- Damage to existing dental work
To begin the process for a bite guard, we first take impressions. These impressions are sent to our trusted dental lab to handcraft your custom-made bite guard. When you return to pick up your mouth guard, the dentist will ensure a proper fit and make any necessary adjustments.
Wearing your mouth guard
The dentist will instruct you on when to wear your mouth guard, and for how long. Typically, bruxism occurs mostly while a patient sleeps. If this is the case for you, wearing your mouth guard while you sleep will be advised.
During your routine dental checkups and cleanings, bring your mouth guard with you for inspection to ensure it is still functioning properly and fits well.
To schedule a consultation, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 438-4411. We welcome patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.