Most families understand the need for Sport Mouth Guards when their children are participating in contact sports. Few patients, however, understand the need for Mouth Guards when they grind or clench their teeth or have TMJ.
Studies have shown that up to 38% of the adult population in this country has abnormal wear to their teeth. A simple appliance worn at bedtime prevents this damage from occurring when you are asleep and least aware of clenching or grinding. Failure to stop this wearing down of the teeth causes many problems. Teeth become flattened, exposed dentin creates sensitivity, and a “collapsed” bite changes your appearance, often making you look older. Repairing the damage once it has been done can be quite costly and complicated. Often full-mouth rehabilitation is necessary which could result in literally thousands of dollars of treatment.
Talk to me and my staff about whether or not a Mouth Guard might be appropriate for you. Our goal is to preserve your dental health in the simplest, most efficient, and least costly way possible.