Bite guards are removable dental appliances carefully moulded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth. They are used to protect tooth and restoration surfaces, and stabilize the jaw joints during occlusion.
They help patients who grind their teeth. Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. This is why it's important to protect your teeth while you sleep by wearing a bite guard. Bruxism can even cause a root fracture below the gum line, requiring a root canal and crown to restore the damaged tooth.
Some damage that can occur from grinding includes:
A mouthguard is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes: cricket, hockey and football - which can cause broken and damaged teeth; football, boxing and rugby - which can all cause broken or dislocated jaws.
We will be happy to make you a custom-made mouthguard, which will fit your mouth exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly.