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Mouth Guards

Plainsboro Family Dentistry

Samir Patel, DDS

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Plainsboro, NJ

Whether you need extra protection in sports, a treatment for sleep apnea, or a way to reduce the damage done by grinding your teeth, mouth guards can help. At Plainsboro Family Dentistry, Samir Patel, DDS, and the team make high-quality mouth guards for all of its patients in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Schedule your visit by calling the office or booking online, and get a mouth guard to protect your teeth and health.

Mouth Guards Q & A

What is a mouth guard?

A mouth guard is a removable oral appliance that Plainsboro Family Dentistry creates from an impression of your smile, so it fits snugly on your smile and hugs the contours of your teeth.

Mouth guards can protect your teeth and treat a variety of oral and overall health conditions like teeth grinding and sleep apnea. 

What are the benefits of a mouth guard for sports?

A sports guard provides extra protection for your teeth when you’re playing sports. Sports put your teeth at a greater risk for injury and damage, especially if your sport involves body contact, falls, or flying equipment. Some of the sports that put your smile at particular risk include:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Skateboarding
  • Gymnastics
  • Mountain biking

Mouth guards for sports are made from flexible plastic that provides a cushioning barrier around your teeth. They help to protect your teeth from chips, cracks, and fractures, and they also protect your lips and inner cheeks from tears and cuts from your teeth.

Sports guards are typically made only for your upper jaw, but if you have braces or a dental bridge on your bottom teeth, your dentist might suggest making a sports guard for your lower jaw as well.

Does a mouth guard help with teeth grinding?

While mouth guards can’t stop you from grinding your teeth, they can help to protect your smile from the damage done by excessive grinding and clenching. 

When you grind tooth enamel against tooth enamel, it can lead to chips, fractures, and excessive wear-and-tear. Clenching your jaw, meanwhile, can make your jaw muscles swollen and tender.

By putting a layer of cushioning plastic between your teeth, a mouth guard lessens the impact that happens during teeth grinding and jaw clenching, thereby giving your mouth a little more protection. 

A night guard is the common term for a mouth guard to address teeth grinding because you wear it while sleeping.

How can a mouth guard help with sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where you stop breathing for extended periods of time throughout the night. It typically happens when the soft tissues in the back of your mouth relax and collapse in on themselves, effectively obstructing your airway.

Mandibular advancement devices are a type of mouth guard that the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends as an effective treatment for sleep apnea when a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine isn’t suitable or tolerable.

Mandibular advancement devices fit snugly over your teeth and gently push your lower jaw forward. This helps to open up your airway and restore the free flow of oxygen into your system while you sleep.

Schedule your visit with Plainsboro Family Dentistry today by calling the office or booking a visit online to explore mouth guards.

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