Accidents will happen, but wearing a dental mouth guard while playing contact sports and other risky activities can significantly reduce injuries and damage to your teeth. Wearing a sports mouth guard provided by our dentists offers more protection than products bought from stores.
If you grind or clench your teeth at night (a condition called bruxism), we may recommend a dental night guard. This helps to protect teeth from wear and relieves the strain on jaw joints, preventing problems such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.
Mouth guards can offer vital protection for teeth, jaws and other parts of the mouth by providing a physical barrier and absorbing shocks.
Our dentists in Sydney CBD may recommend a mouth guard as a preventive measure when playing sports or as a dental appliance to help treat conditions such as teeth grinding or TMJ dysfunction.
If you or your child play contact sports such as rugby, soccer, hockey or other activities that put your mouth at risk of harm, a mouth guard offers vital protection. While it may not prevent all dental emergencies, it can minimise the damage from impacts with balls, sports equipment, other players and falls.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) recommend wearing a custom mouth guard provided by your dentist rather than a generic product bought over the counter.
As well as team sports, wearing a mouth guard is also recommended for some solo recreational activities that may involve a risk of falls or impacts with fast-moving objects, including horse riding and skateboarding.
Do you grind or clench your teeth when you sleep, when you're concentrating or when you feel stressed? Dentists call this bruxism, and over time it can cause your teeth to wear down or even crack, as well as putting strain on the joints of the jaw (TMJ).
If our dentists diagnose bruxism or a TMJ dysfunction, we will discuss the most suitable treatment options for you. This may involve creating a custom-fitted bruxism mouth guard or night guard for TMJ.
This appliance can be worn at night to prevent your teeth from touching. It can help to ease symptoms such as jaw pain and headaches, and over time it could even help you to stop grinding or clenching altogether.
A custom mouth guard is designed to fit precisely and comfortably over the teeth and gums. This offers better protection to a a non-custom mouth guard.
If you choose a sports or night mouth guard at Sydney CBD Dental for yourself or a family member, our dentists will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and use these to create your custom fit mouth guard.
To find out more about dental mouth guards or to book an appointment, contact our professional team today.
Not all mouth guards offer equal protection for your teeth. Mouth guards that fit more closely over the teeth offer superior protection and are less likely to cause problems with speech or breathing. They are also less likely to be dislodged in an impact.
Read more about the 3 main types of sports mouth guards:
Sports mouth guards are available from many sports stores. These come in a range of standard sizes that may be approximate to the shape of your teeth, but they do not offer the same protection as a custom fit, especially during contact sports. They may also affect your ability to speak clearly, and there's a risk that they may become trapped in the throat if dislodged.
While over-the-counter mouth guards are the cheapest option, you or your child will be at higher risk of dental injuries compared to wearing a custom appliance.
Also available over-the-counter from many sports retailers and pharmacies, boil-and-bite mouth guards offer a tighter fit than ready-made mouth guards. Placing the material in boiling water will make it soft and malleable, and after it's cooled, it can be placed over the teeth to conform to the shape needed.
These mouth guards offer more protection and comfort than a standard mouth guard, but they will lose their shape over time and are less durable than a custom fit mouth guard provided by your dentist.
For the best protection and peace of mind, talk to your dentist about a custom fit mouth guard. These are made based on a mould of your teeth and will hold their shape for longer than a boil-and-bite alternative. They are also made from a stronger plastic that offers greater protection and feels lighter and more comfortable on the teeth.
Wearing a mouth guard that's been custom made for your teeth will have a minimal impact on your ability to speak clearly. They can even be comfortable enough to sleep in, if you're wearing a dental night guard for teeth grinding.
Whether you need a sports mouth guard or a mouth guard for teeth grinding, make an appointment at our dental clinic in Sydney CBD to talk to our dentists and arrange a custom fitting. We'll explain everything you need to know about mouth guards so you can make an informed decision for yourself or your child.
We only use high quality materials and equipment to design custom mouth guards that will give you the perfect fit and the protection you need, even for more intense activities such as boxing and martial arts. To arrange a consultation with our team, call (02) 9232 3900 or contact us online.
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