Mouth Guards & Night Guards
Your Lake Villa Dentist Provides Custom Mouthguards
Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury while playing sports. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your local Lake Villa dentist. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your
Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your Lake Villa dentist can suggest the best mouthguard for you, whether that is a custom mouthguard or another one.
Nightguards From Your Lake Villa Dentist
If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called “bruxism.” Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss over time. For this reason, it is important to get on the internet and search “dentist near me” as soon as you suspect you may have bruxism – then call Lake Villa!
There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. A dental nightguard is an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by your Lake Villa dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth thus preventing damage to the teeth and TMJ.