Bruxism & Mouthguards

General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry & Snoring & Sleep Apnea Specialists located in Houston, TX

Bruxism & Mouthguards

Bruxism & Mouthguards services offered in Houston, TX

Mouthguards can relieve jaw pain and stiffness caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) or jaw clenching. At The Dentists at North Cypress in Houston, Texas, Ginger Rome, DDS, Laura Santo Salvo, DDS, and the team use removable mouthguards to protect the teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue from trauma caused by teeth grinding and other activities. Call the dental clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Bruxism & Mouthguards Q & A

What are mouthguards?

A mouthguard is a removable oral appliance that fits snugly over your teeth (either your upper or lower dental arch). Once placed, the mouthguard stays in position, protecting your enamel from damage.

Who can benefit from mouthguards?

The Dentists at North Cypress prescribe mouthguards for various reasons, including:

Teeth grinding (bruxism)

Everyone grinds or clenches their teeth once in a while, but if it becomes a habit, you’re more likely to experience oral health problems, including jaw pain, loose teeth, and headaches. A mouthguard can protect your teeth from damage and improve your quality of life. 

Playing contact sports

Sports such as rugby, American football, and hockey increase your risk of high-impact injuries. Wearing a mouthguard during these activities can reduce your risk of chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.

Other high-risk activities

Certain non-contact activities, like mountain biking, skateboarding, and ice skating, increase your risk of falls and other similar accidents. A mouthguard can provide peace of mind while doing what you love.

What does getting a mouthguard involve?

At The Dentists at North Cypress, getting a mouthguard entails two visits.

Your provider reviews your dental records, completes an oral exam, and takes a series of oral X-rays. You qualify for a mouthguard if your dentist sees enamel damage, such as worn-down or chipped teeth.

Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and jaw with an intraoral scanner and sends the scans to a nearby dental lab. Techs at the lab use your impressions to design and manufacture a custom mouthguard that fits you perfectly.

You return to The Dentists at North Cypress a week later when the lab finishes applying your mouthguard. Your dentist has you try the appliance on and makes adjustments, ensuring a comfortable fit. Then, they provide care instructions.

How long do mouthguards last?

Most custom mouthguards last two or three years* with proper care and regular maintenance. To keep your mouthguard in optimal condition, The Dentists at North Cypress recommend:

  • Keeping it inside a protective case
  • Wearing the mouthguard as prescribed
  • Cleaning your mouthguard daily
  • Handling the mouthguard carefully so it doesn’t fall and break

In addition, make sure to bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup. Your provider inspects your mouthguard at each visit, looking for cracks and other signs of wear.

Call The Dentists at North Cypress today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about mouthguards.

*Individual results may vary

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