Whether you grind your teeth at night or you play a contact sport and want to minimize your risk of oral injuries, the doctors at Rio Vista Family Dentistry are here to help. Contact us now to get fitted for a custom mouth or nightguard, and get the protection you need.
Teeth grinding can cause permanent damage to your teeth
Untreated teeth grinding contributes to TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)
Lifestyle changes & a night guard help prevent damage to your teeth from grinding
The ADA recommends athletic mouth guards for all athletic activities
Wearing a mouth guard reduces your risk of dental injuries in sports, as well as concussions
Nearly 600,000 people get veneers every year, according to the ADA.
Veneers are stain-resistant, so your smile will stay bright for years after they are placed.
No special care is required for veneers, simply brush and floss as you normally would.
This cosmetic treatment is non-invasive and only takes two appointments.
Veneers generally last from 10-15 years with proper oral care.
Athletic mouth guards and night guards may look similar, but they have different purposes. Night guards are intended to help treat teeth grinding as well as sleep apnea, in some cases, while athletic mouth guards help cushion your teeth and gums and protect them from injuries.
Whether you’re fitted for an athletic mouth guard or a night guard, the process is quite similar. You’ll come into Rio Vista Family Dentistry to see one of our doctors. Your teeth will be cleaned, and then your dentist will take impressions of your teeth using a special type of putty and some trays that fit around your teeth.
When removed from your mouth, these impressions will leave behind a perfect imprint of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to an outside dental lab, where a night guard or athletic mouthguard will be built to fit into your mouth perfectly. All you have to do is come back to our office in a few weeks to pick it up!
If you are involved in any sport that could involve contact with someone else, such as hockey, lacrosse, soccer, football, or baseball, to name just a few, an athletic mouthguard is a must-have. With a mouthguard from Rio Vista Family Dentistry, you will dramatically decrease your risk of dental injuries, which are a common cause of broken, cracked, loose, and knocked-out teeth.
In addition, our custom-fitted mouth guards will fit into your mouth perfectly and allow you to breathe comfortably, ensuring your athletic performance is not inhibited in any way. This is in contrast to over-the-counter “boil and bite” mouth guards, which may be uncomfortable, bulky, and make it harder to breathe properly.
Night guards are usually recommended if you suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism). Your night guard will help cushion your teeth and prevent them from clenching together, which helps prevent tooth damage and further complications like TMJ/TMD.
In addition, some special types of night guards can be used to help with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These night guards are designed to hold your jaw in a specific position to keep your airway open overnight and prevent soft tissue from sagging. This makes a nightguard a great alternative to other methods of treatment, such as a CPAP machine.