Protect Your Teeth with a Mouth Guard
If you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a mouth guard can protect the structure of your smile and relieve your discomfort. When left untreated, TMD can cause chronic neck and back pain, headaches, and jaw pain, as well as difficulty opening or closing the mouth. Often, dental conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) and misalignment contribute to TMD. To relieve your symptoms and address the source of your condition, Dr. Jerry Hancock in Nashville, TN, can design a custom mouth guard. This device can safeguard your teeth from excessive grinding and reduce pressure on the temporomandibular joints. We also offer mouth guards for athletes for added protecting during sports.
The Relationship between Bruxism and TMD
Teeth grinding and clenching can result from dental misalignment or crooked teeth as well as stress and anxiety. The act of clenching can place significant pressure on the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jawbone to the skull. When these joints become inflamed or damaged, patients can experience jaw pain, headaches, and neck and back pain. Overtime, bruxism can also wear down teeth, making them more susceptible to fractures. Patients typically grind their teeth while asleep, and only become aware of their condition because of telltale symptoms.
It is important to keep in mind that TMD can also be caused by arthritis or trauma. To select the best form of treatment, you should be evaluated by a dental professional who can determine the underlying cause.
Mouth guards are usually the easiest way to prevent damage from teeth grinding. Dr. Hancock can take impressions of your smile, which will be used to craft your custom appliance. This device is designed to fit comfortably and securely over your teeth and act as a barrier to prevent teeth from sustained contact. This guard can also hold the teeth and jaw in place, so they remain in proper alignment. As a result, your jaw can relax, easing the tension on your temporomandibular joints
A personalized appliance fits more comfortably and securely than a store-bought item and is crafted to address your particular concerns.
Athletic Mouth Guards
If you or your child is an athlete, a mouth guard is essential. This device can prevent teeth from breaking or being knocked out, as well as help you avoid lacerations to the inside of your lips and cheeks. While custom mouth guards are most important for those who play contact sports, such as boxing, wrestling, or football, almost all athletes can benefit from added dental protection.
The Importance of Professionally Made Mouth Guards
Although you can purchase a mouth guard at a local convenience store, a custom mouth guard designed by your dentist is far superior. A personalized appliance fits more comfortably and securely and is crafted to address your particular concerns. Our mouth guards are made from durable, high-quality material, making them a long-lasting solution. In addition, a custom mouth guard will not impair your breathing during practice or a big game, so you can perform at your highest level.
Preserve Your Oral Health
Safeguard your smile and your long-term dental health with a custom mouth guard. Dr. Hancock can carefully evaluate your needs and review your treatment options during a private consultation. Contact us online or call (615) 383-0132 to schedule an appointment today.
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