Ashu Sachdev
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Creating Beautiful Lasting Smiles

Address: 511 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
516-485-9675

 

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MouthGuard

A mouthguard (also known as a mouth protector, mouth piece or gumshield) is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums.

Why is MouthGuard Needed?

Mouthguards are most often used to prevent injury in contact sports, as a treatment for bruxism or TMD, or as part of certain dental procedures, such as tooth bleaching .
If you suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding problems, night mouth guards are the easiest solution for it. Bruxism is the medical term given to teeth grinding, the habit of making clenching sounds with their teeth during sleep, either during the day or during the night.

What Types of MouthGuards Are Available?

  • Stock mouth protectors: They are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection. We do not recommend their use.

  • Boil and bite mouth protectors: They also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The "boil and bite" mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.

  • Custom-fitted mouth protectors: These are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory under our guidance. First, we will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), we will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. We will suggest the best mouth guard for you based on your specific situation. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance -- called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint -- may be created to prevent tooth damage.

Does a MouthGuard Require Special Care?

To care for your mouth guard:

  • Brush and floss your teeth before wearing your mouth guard

  • Do not chew on your mouth guard, since this can distort its shape.

  • After each use, wash your mouth guard with soap and cool – not hot – water.

  • Keep your mouth guard in a well ventilated, plastic storage box when not in use.

  • Heat can damage a mouth guard; don't leave it in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle.

  • Do not try to change the fit of your mouth guard yourself; have our office adjust it.

  • Occasionally check the mouth guard for general wear. If you find holes or tears in it or if it becomes loose or causes discomfort, replace it.

  • Bring the mouth guard to each regularly scheduled dental visit to have your dentist exam it

 

 

 

 

  • The information contained herein is intended for educational purposes only.  It is not intended and should not be construed as the delivery of dental/medical care and is not a substitute for personal hands on dental/medical attention, diagnosis or treatment.