Sport Guards act as a shock absorber in the mouth to protect the teeth from excessive forces. The mouth guard also protects your head and brain from concussion if the blow is onto the lower jaw. This is a significant reason why boxers and other athletes wear mouth guards.
A mouth guard also protects the jaw joint (TMJ) from injury by supporting and cushioning the jaw joint in times of blunt forces to the lower jaw. In a situation where you take a harsh blow this can even reduce the risk of more significant jaw fracture.
A properly designed and created mouth guard will adapt smoothly to the upper teeth and gums, staying firmly in place, even when speaking, breathing heavily or playing very active sports. At Tuscany Dental Centre we take impressions of your upper teeth to make a custom mouth guard. Different color options are available and you should check with your sports association because sometimes clear is not allowed for younger players.
Mouth guard management includes regular inspection, especially after a contact and rinsing the mouth guard after each use to help eliminate bacterial buildup is important.
Splints for Bruxing and Grinding
A splint is a flat plane acrylic appliance that is worn to keep the teeth apart to eliminate the wear and fracture of the teeth. This can be worn nightly or as needed for jaw discomfort and depending upon the level of grinding / bruxing that you do. Sometimes stressful situations necessitate wearing it more often or for longer periods of time.
These appliances can make a big difference for bruxers as they help prevent damage to their teeth and can make a positive impact on your health and sleep patterns too. Sometimes they are worn during the day if the habit is hard to manage during the waking hours. At night there is no conscious action to stop you from grinding. Please call Tuscany Dental Centre to learn more @ 403-239-0010.
MAGO (Maxillary Anterior Guidance Orthotic)
At Tuscany Dental Centre in most cases, a temporary splint called a MAGO (Maxillary Anterior Guidance Orthotic) is worn for 2-6 months to get the bite to match the correct jaw position.
After stabilization occurs, the jaw position is maintained by reshaping the biting surfaces of teeth and/or also including treatment such as crowns, braces, veneers, and bonding as needed.