At Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics, we can’t stress how important preventive dentistry is to our patients. With the right preventive steps and procedures, patients can set themselves up for a healthy smile for life. One of the ways our patients can protect their teeth from damage is by wearing a mouthguard. However, there are lots of different mouthguards that serve different purposes. Learn more about the different mouth guards available to you to find out if they would benefit your oral health.

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Sports Mouth Guards

One of the most popular types of mouthguards is specifically made for wearing during sports. Certain sports carry a higher risk of falling or enduring an injury on your face. Wearing a mouthguard when participating in these sports can help you prevent damaging your teeth, getting them knocked out or broken, and prevent injury to the lips and tongue.

If you play any of these sports, you can benefit from wearing a custom-made boil and bite mouthguard from our dental office.

  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Ice hockey
  • Skateboarding
  • Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • In-line skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Field hockey
  • Wrestling

We recommend avoiding pre-made or store-bought brands of mouthguards. These are less comfortable to wear and usually don’t fit correctly. Instead, we can create a custom-fitting mouthguard in our office to offer the most amount of protection and comfort possible.

Teeth Grinding

If you’re prone to grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep, overtime this can cause damage. This can result in cracked or worn down teeth, jaw pain, gum recession, and tooth pain. By wearing a special night guard at night, you can keep your teeth separated so that you don’t cause any more damage. Our dental office creates custom night guards for our patients so that they fit comfortably and offer the most protection possible.

Teeth grinding may also be a result of TMJ. If this is the case, we will offer you a treatment plan for TMJ. This begins with a thorough evaluation of your bite and using our K7 machine, we’re able to determine the most optimal relaxed position for your jaw. Once we determine the position, we will create a treatment plan to help your jaw relax in that position permanently, ultimately eliminating symptoms of TMJ.

If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, our dentists can help! Visit us at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics to receive a custom mouthguard and protect your teeth and health for life. Schedule an appointment today at our Spokane dentist office by calling (509) 532-1111.