A mouthguard or splint is a thick plastic or acrylic covering that is worn over your teeth. There are many different appliances available and each serves a different purpose.
If you or your child participates in a contact sport, then our Dunwoody dentist strongly recommends the use of a sports mouthguard. This appliance protects teeth from breaking and can potentially save a tooth from being knocked out by accident. It can also reduce your risk of concussions.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring Night Guards
If you snore or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, there’s a special appliance that can help you get a better night’s sleep. These nightguards are typically made of various pieces which include an upper arch splint, a lower arch splint and straps that connect the two together. The goal of is to guide your bottom jaw forward, opening your airway enough so that you can breathe easily.
Bruxism is a word we use to describe chronic teeth grinding and clenching. Symptoms include waking up with jaw pain, headaches, and developing worn or chipped teeth. Wearing a bruxism mouthguard will separate and cover your teeth, preventing you from grinding and clenching, and protecting enamel from damage before it starts.
What Type of Mouthguard Is Best For You?
While you can find various kinds of mouthguards over the counter, the one that offers the best protection is going to be custom fitted by a professional. No matter the kind of mouthguard you need, the knowledgeable staff of Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will fit you for the best and most comfortable appliance possible. Give us a call today.