Here at Central Dental Care, patients in the greater Jefferson City area can expect to receive excellent treatment that emphasizes total wellness. We believe in comprehensive general dentistry treatments that focus on total wellness. This can sometimes involve a focus on preventative care, which is why we'd like to take a moment to focus on the nature of mouth guards and why they are important.
Mouth guards are a type of protective retainer that people wear in order to prevent injury to their teeth, gums, tongue, and other parts of the mouth. There are many reasons that a person may wear a mouth guard, and some may be preventative while others may be related to a dental treatment of some sort.
It's very common for athletes to get mouth guards in order to prevent serious injury while playing sports. This is especially common for contact sports (e.g., football, hockey, lacrosse) and combat sports (e.g., boxing, mixed martial arts). A number of basketball players have begun to wear mouth guards as well since errant elbows can do major damage to your teeth.
There are different kinds of mouth guards that people can get to protect their teeth, including stock mouth guards that are non-customized, but it's generally best for people to get custom mouth guards created. These custom mouth guards are molded to fit you mouth perfectly, reducing any chance for discomfort during a big game or play. This can give you the edge you need during a major competition.
Teeth grinding involves the gnashing, clenching, and shifting of the teeth when you are asleep. In order to prevent direct contact between the teeth, a mouth guard may be created to be worn while the patient sleeps. Known as a bite guard or a night guard, this kind of retainer will reduce the chances of tooth damage occurring during sleep and will also reduce the amount of stress that is experienced by the jaw joint.
TMJ disorders—the locking, popping, and clicking of the jaw—are often caused by teeth grinding given the amount of stress that is placed on the jaw joint due to the movement of the jaw. This is why a mouth guard is often used as part of the treatment for a TMJ disorder. This is generally just a facet of the TMJ disorder treatment process, with other kinds of therapies used to help address the misalignment of the jaw.
Full mouth reconstructions are combinations of restorative procedures that are designed to address multiple dental problems. It's not uncommon for a mouth guard to be part of a major dental therapy for complicated problems, particularly if teeth grinding or TMJ disorders are one of the issues that a patient faces.
If you would like to learn more about mouth guards and how they can help you address a number of major dental problems, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team here at Central Dental Care looks forward to meeting you in person and tailoring all treatments to meet your needs.