Preventive

MOUTH GUARDS: SPORTS, SNORING, GRINDING, AND SLEEPING

Teeth Grinding and Night Guards
Bruxism or teeth grinding affects many people with stress being a major cause.  Grinding your teeth can result in a loss of enamel and sensitive teeth.  Pitting or "potholes" on the top of the teeth is a common finding.  As you lose tooth structure your bite changes, and problems with chewing and speaking are common.  Some patients also clench their jaw muscles in combination with grinding, which results jaw joint clicking, popping and pain.  It is not fully understood why we grind and clench our teeth but stress is strongly correlated.  In the majority of teeth grinders and clenchers, the action takes place while we are sleeping, and during a specific cycle of sleep called REM.  To prevent your teeth from contacting and your jaw muscles from flexing, we often prescribe a Nightguard, which is a custom made, clear resin orthotic that fits your teeth precisely.  Nightly wear of this guard allows most TMJ sufferers relief from teeth soreness, jaw joint achiness, and headaches.  Different patterns and symptoms of teeth grinding exist but most result in early destruction of enamel (known as “tooth wear”), and some result in TMJ, jaw pain, jaw clicking, or jaw popping.

Athletic Mouth Guards
Many athletic activities have the potential for concussion.  We make high quality custom fitted athletic mouth guards in a variety of thicknesses and configurations depending on your level of sport, from kids hockey to mixed martial arts.  A mouthguard protects your teeth from breakage and provides a buffer from jarring concussion impacts.  They can be highly personalized with decals and graphics of your favorite team or colors.

Snore Guards and Sleep Apnea Devices
Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissues at the back of the throat because your jaw relaxes back during sleep. Repositioning your lower jaw forward with the use of a snore guard can open your airway, promoting the clear passage of air, thus reducing snoring and providing a better nights' sleep.