Sports and Nightguards
Signs you may be clenching and grinding during sleep include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Clicking or pain in your jaw
- Poor jaw movement including difficulty opening wide
- Tinnitus (ringing of the ear)
- Gum recession
- Sore or painful jaw
- Worn or “shorter” teeth
- Loose teeth
Prevention is an integral component of our Phoenix dentistry service offerings. Whether you desire protection against nighttime clenching and grinding, or protection during contact sports, our custom night guards and mouth guards are professionally designed to protect your beautiful smile.
Sports guards or Mouthguards
Mouthguards should be used by anyone-children and adults alike- who participate in contact sports. Football, basketball, boxing, hockey, and soccer are all sports regularly requiring mouthguards. Participants of non-contact sports such as gymnastics, skateboarding, or mountain biking, can also benefit from wearing a mouthguard. Simple store-bought devices will provide minor protection, but the best mouthguard is one customized by a specialist to fit the unique contours of your mouth. This will ensure a better fit and added comfort to maximize tooth, jaw, and soft tissue protection.
Nightguards are designed to prevent teeth grinding during sleep. Many people unknowingly clench and grind their teeth throughout the night. This common condition can dramatically damage teeth, jaw muscles, and gums. Over time, clenching and grinding can severely damage tooth structure and enamel, induce jaw pain, and accelerate bone deterioration. Nightguards are much like sports mouthguards, except they’re designed to fit tightly around the teeth and create a biting plane so you can only grind the surface of the guard. By having your custom night guard machine milled at our dental lab, these guards are guaranteed to fit correctly and last many years.
A customized night guard is effective at preventing teeth grinding and reducing the risk of neuromuscular issues such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) by breaking down muscle memory.