Not only do we want to help maintain your optimal oral health, but the professionals at Crescent Heights Dental Clinic want to protect your teeth as well.
Wearing a guard can mean the difference between a healthy smile and damaged teeth. There are two common ways in which we harm our teeth: playing sports, and grinding and clenching while we sleep.
A night guard is recommended for people who have a habit of clenching or grinding their teeth. There are numerous reasons for people to clench their teeth, some of which include a response to pain, a result of a sleep disorder or most commonly due to stress. Teeth grinding is a more complex problem and is usually a result of a patient’s bite being out of alignment.
Damage to teeth while participating in sports can happen in an instant. It’s important to take the available steps to protecting your smile while you’re out having fun.
When you clench or grind your teeth while your sleep, dentists refer to this as “bruxism.” It can result in chipped teeth, damaged fillings, painful headaches, and can even loosen your teeth. We can fit you with a special night guard that will protect your teeth from breaking down while you sleep.
Sports often leave your teeth vulnerable — particularly in contact sports such as hockey and football. We can fit athletes with sports guards to protect their teeth during physical activity.
At Crescent Heights Dental Clinic, we will assess your situation and then fit you for custom guards and bite appliances that help to protect your teeth from both types of damage.