How to Know If You Need a Mouthguard

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Mouthguards are versatile oral appliances that can be designed to treat a variety of oral health issues and protect the teeth and jaw. Wondering if you need a mouthguard? We’ll discuss the different types and what they are used for so that you can have a better understanding of their purpose!

Nightguards for Grinding, TMD, & Sleep Apnea

Nightguards are thick, retainer-like trays that are used to combat certain oral health issues. They provide a thick, protective barrier to protect the teeth against pressure created by nighttime teeth grinding. Nightguards also help relieve pressure off of the temporomandibular joints and reduce symptoms, such as grinding, jaw pain, headaches, lockjaw, and clenching caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). For obstructive sleep apnea, nightguards reposition the jaw to ensure the airway stays open and unobstructed during sleep.

Sportsguards for High-Contact Activities

Sports are one of the leading causes of dental injuries. Some of the highest risk sports for dental injuries include basketball, baseball, boxing, wrestling, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football. Luckily, custom-fitted sportsguards can protect your smile while you do what you love! Sportsguards absorb shock and impact from elbows, stray balls, and more, to help safeguard the teeth, gums, and jaw. Sportsguards can make the difference between a knocked-out tooth or other dental emergency, and a perfectly healthy smile!

Dental Mouthguards in Jonesboro, AR

Are you or any of your family members involved in high-contact sports? Do you have any of the conditions listed above, such as nighttime teeth grinding, TMD, or sleep apnea? If you answered yes, then you are a great candidate for a mouthguard. Instead of a store-bought boil and bite mouthguard, get a custom mouthguard created just for your smile. At Troy Bartels, DDS, we’ll take digital impressions of your smile and create a custom-fitted mouthguard that is comfortable to use. Custom mouthguards don’t interfere with speaking or breathing. They are effective at protecting your smile or alleviating symptoms from the previously mentioned oral health issues. Uncomfortable, ill-fitting mouthguards are far less likely to be used. Contact us to schedule your consultation.

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