We strive to help our patients enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles. Which often means taking steps to help protect teeth from injury. With our custom-made mouthguard, we help patients in Kansas City, MO, safeguard their smiles from chips, cracks, or other serious complications. Find out how we create them and what benefits they offer!
Protecting Your Smile from Injury
When playing sports, there is always the risk of damage to your teeth. While a boil-and-bite mouthguard available at any store does offer some level of protection, they don’t safeguard your smile as well as a custom-made one. We will take detailed impressions of your smile using advanced technology. We then use the images and impressions gathered to design and create a mouthguard designed specifically for your smile. When worn, the device provides a greater level pf protection against teeth becoming cracked, chipped, or even knocked-out. However, these devices address much more than just sports injuries.
Treating TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
TMJ disorder and bruxism are common jaw joint disorders. TMJ disorder occurs when the jaw joints undergo too much strain. Difficulties arise opening and closing the moth, and patients may experience headaches, popping sensations in the jaw, or pain in the neck, face, or jaw. Causes vary but include tooth loss, misalignment, bruxism, malocclusion, and injury to the face or jaw.
Bruxism happens when patients regularly grinds their teeth or clench their jaw. The pressure leads to headaches and jaw pain, as well as damaged tooth enamel and a greater risk of cracked and chipped teeth. Meaning the chances of decay and infection forming increases significantly. Causes often include untreated TMJ disorder, stress, tooth loss, and injury to the face or jaw.
However, both of these very different issues could be treated with a custom-made oral appliance. The oral appliance is worn as the patient sleeps and actually repositions the jaw joints, easing pressure and stopping TMJ issues. For those with bruxism, the device again repositions the jaw while also placing a barrier between the lower and upper sets of teeth, preventing additional damage from occurring.
Don’t Ignore a Chipped Tooth
While a guard helps stop damage, should damage occur always see your dentist. Even a minor chips could expose the inner tooth structure to bacteria and increase the risk of tooth decay and dental infection. We can often employ cosmetic treatments, such as dental bonding, to repair the damage in one visit. If you have any questions about our custom mouthguards or about repairing damaged teeth, then contact our team today.
DOES YOUR SMILE NEED A CUSTOM MOUTHGUARD?
We want to protect your smile and help you enjoy optimal oral health. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.