There are a number of reasons a dentist might recommend a mouth guard, and there are different types for a variety of conditions. Navigating all your options can be intimidating.
At Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ), we're here to make your task as easy as possible. Depending on your specific needs, we can even offer custom guards unique to you. Call us or fill out a new patient form to talk about the possibility of getting a custom-made mouth guard. In the meantime, you can learn more about the different types here.
TMJ Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are a viable option for individuals who have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ impacts the nerves and muscles in the jaw due to a misalignment between these ligaments. Even a slight misalignment can cause discomfort and affect your daily life.
Wearing a TMJ guard is one of the fastest ways to quell discomfort and alleviate the pain in your head and neck. At SDNJ, we treat this condition with custom-fit mouth guards to help relax your jaw and reduce the overall effects of TMJ symptoms.
Bruxism Mouth Guards
Bruxism is a condition that involves teeth grinding and clenching. Although it's common, this condition can cause a variety of health concerns. Teeth grinding often occurs during sleep, leading to jaw and facial pain, headaches and fatigue from a lack of rest.
Fortunately, bruxism is an easily treated condition. A night guard acts as a barrier between your teeth and lightens the tension between the muscles and the jaw. Wearing a bruxism mouth guard can prevent broken teeth, loss of tooth enamel, fatigue, facial pain and jaw soreness.
Sports Mouth Guards
Wearing a sports mouth guard can significantly decrease the likelihood of a sports-related dental injury or concussion. The American Dental Association encourages wearing a mouth guard during a variety of sports. The three main types of guards are all effective options:
- Stock mouth guards: This ready-made mouth guard is the least expensive option, and it can be found in sports stores. It may be uncomfortable, as it is not adapted to your mouth.
- Mouth-formed guards: These "boil-and-bite" guards are self-adapting, as they compress to fit your mouth after they've been boiled. They are also available at sports stores.
- Custom-made mouth guards: Custom-made sports guards provide the best fit and adaptability, as they are made in a dentist's office for your mouth's specific fit.
At SDNJ, we can create highly durable, customized sports mouth guards to suit your unique needs.
Protect Your Teeth Today With SDNJ Custom Mouth Guards
At SDNJ, we work to build great smiles every day. We strive to give you the best dental experience possible. Our team is specialty-trained to provide dental restorations that improve your health and confidence and stand the test of time. We aim to prevent any dental issues — but, should you experience problems, you can turn to us.
For more information about our custom mouth guards, contact us or request an appointment today!