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Regain the functionality and aesthetics of your smile with our advanced prosthetic dentistry solutions. Our skilled team specializes in crafting custom prosthetic devices such as dentures, bridges, and implants to replace missing teeth and restore your confidence. Using state-of-the-art technology and materials, we ensure comfortable, natural-looking prosthetics that blend seamlessly with your existing teeth. Trust us to rebuild your smile and improve your quality of life. Schedule a consultation today to explore your prosthetic options.

Anti-Snoring Devices

Experience peaceful nights and refreshed mornings with our effective anti-snoring devices. Designed to alleviate snoring and promote better sleep, our custom-fit devices are comfortable and easy to use. Say goodbye to restless nights and awaken rejuvenated, ready to take on the day. Take the first step towards a quieter, more restful sleep by scheduling a consultation with our experienced team today.

Sports Mouth Guards

What is a sports mouth guard?

A mouth guard is a thick protective dental appliance that covers and protects your gums and teeth from injuries that may occur from competitive or non-competitive athletic sports such as hockey, rugby, and basketball. Common contact sport-related injuries include dental traumas such as fractures and tooth avulsion (commonly called “knocked out” tooth).

Sports mouth guard vs. night guard

A mouth guard serves a similar function as a night guard in a sense that they both function as “cushions” to protect teeth from being damaged.  A mouth guard is fabricated from a thicker material to absorb shock and hard impacts most efficiently. Although night guards are fabricated from relatively softer material compared to sports mouth guards, they are still strong and durable enough to serve its purpose: to absorb forces exerted on teeth upon nighttime clenching and grinding. Another major difference between the two is that night guards cover only the teeth portion including the chewing surfaces whereas sports mouth guards fully cover both teeth and gums to protect your entire oral cavity.

Who needs a mouth guard?

Similar to a night guard, a sports mouth guard is a protective dental appliance that protects your teeth and gums from external physical forces. The most ideal candidates for sports mouth guards are those who play contact sports whether competitively or non-competitively. Since many studies and statistics reveal significantly reduced rate of contact sports-related dental injuries when a sports mouth guard is worn, dentists highly recommend sports mouth guards as a preventive measure.

Sports mouth guard procedure?

Once the dentist determines your need for a sports mouth guard as protection from contact sport-related injuries, the procedure for fabrication of a sports mouth guard is the same as a night guard. Two visits in total will be required: impressions at the time of your first visit, and another visit for fitting of the sports mouth guard.

If you are experiencing any discomfort after taking the final sports mouth guard home, please do not hesitate to call the office for adjustments to be made by the dentist.

Night Guards

What is a night guard, and what is it for?

A night guard is an oral appliance that protects your gums and teeth from forces exerted from grinding and clenching teeth during sleep. Grinding (bruxism) and clenching habits can cause substantial damage as teeth, as well as both upper and lower jaws are subjected to constant force. With enough force and persistent habit, chewing surfaces mostly on the back teeth become flat as teeth enamel wears down, and may even fracture teeth. Clenching and grinding have negative impact on other structures besides your teeth. Upon jaw clenching, jaw muscles are activated and exerts pressure on jaw muscles, tissues and surrounding structures. Furthermore, grinding can cause extensive damage and may result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which is a misalignment of the TMJ. Temporomandibular joint basically holds upper and lower jaw in place and allows movement of lower jaw. Misalignment of TMJ can cause persistent headaches, clicking in the jaw, and may limit opening of the mouth.

Who needs a night guard?

Many individuals grind (dental term “bruxism”) teeth subconsciously during sleep, and tend to wake up with headaches in the morning as a result. Many also consciously grind and/ or clench as a coping mechanism to anxiety or stress stimuli. Anyone who grinds at nighttime and/or clench as a habit is an ideal candidate for a night guard in order to provide protection from further damage.

Night guard procedure?

Night guard procedure is fairly simple, and can be done within two visits to the dental office. Once grinding, clenching, and/or TMJ disorder is diagnosed by the dentist, a treatment plan will be developed that outlines the detail of the procedure. An impression is taken on the first visit, and this negative imprint of your teeth will be sent out to an external lab to fabricate a night guard that is specifically made to fit you. A night guard is made of thermoplastic material that is strong yet flexible enough to provide comfortable fit. At your second visit, fit of the customized night guard will be assessed by the dentist and adjustments can be made as necessary.

What’s the difference between professional made vs. over-the-counter night guard?

Customized night guard fabricated by a laboratory technician is highly recommended than to purchase an over-the-counter night guard product at a nearby drugstore. Over-the-counter night guards lack in overall quality and thus is not as effective as a customized night guard. Many store-bought night guards tend to be either too thick or thin, which can be even more damaging to your teeth. Laboratory technicians will determine the appropriate thickness of the night guard depending on your natural bite to ensure it contours your teeth and gums perfectly; this will provide maximum comfort as a result.

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