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 the effects of bruxism.
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 are 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, and 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
Are there other benefits to wearing a dental mouth guard?
Yes! Dental mouth guards can actually help you sleep! Night guards provide maximum comfort while minimizing your symptoms, which ends up drastically improving your sleep patterns. The night guard positions your jaw in such a way that facilitates muscle relaxation, and by keeping these muscles relaxed, you can avoid the stress-filled sleep that often accompanies TMD. Likely the least of your troubles associated with your grinding and clenching, snoring can still pose an issue for both you and your significant other or sleeping partner. Because your night guard will be designed to create a small space between the jaws, it will increase your air intake and effectively allow you to breathe better.
Dental mouth guards are right for you financially
The tooth damage caused by the unconscious nightly grinding and clenching of your teeth and jaw tends to be quite costly. Perhaps the greatest downside of teeth clenching is that it slowly but surely destroys your teeth over the years. When this happens, the restorative dental treatments required for both aesthetic and functional purposes are an expensive investment.
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 each day. 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.
Custom Mouth Guards for Bruxism in Scotts Valley
To schedule a consultation, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 824-5111. We welcome patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.