Oral Appliances: Navigating Options for a Perfect Smile

Although brushing and flossing are good for your teeth and gums, sometimes you need more than routine oral hygiene. For instance, if you suffer from chronic teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), you need a customized mouthguard to keep your healthy smile in optimum condition. 

Elevation Dental Studio emphasizes preventive dental care because we understand how painful and costly dental issues can be. Although we offer routine exams and cleanings, our services also include personalized mouthguards to protect your smile. 

Bruxism in a nutshell

If you chronically grind and clench your teeth, you may not think much about it, but this poor oral habit can start a destructive process in your mouth. At minimum, bruxism results in the symptoms below that can range from mild to severe:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain in the ears, face, and upper back

Severe bruxism can cause chipped, broken, or fractured teeth due to exerted forces. Worse yet, bruxism increases the risk of tooth decay and can cause dental infection or tooth loss, necessitating costly and time-consuming treatments like root canals, crowns, and implants. If you suspect bruxism, schedule an appointment today for treatment before it’s too late. 

Protect your smile with a customized mouthguard

When you have dental problems like TMJ disorder or bruxism, you can prevent the need for invasive treatments by using a mouthguard. Chronic teeth grinding exerts incredible pressure on your mouth structures, causing dental damage and pain in the jaw joints and muscles. A dental guard creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to guard your smile from the harmful effects of grinding. An occlusal splint also absorbs and distributes the forces of teeth grinding to reduce damage to the oral structures.

Dental guards can be generic or boil and bite. While these oral appliances are cheap and convenient, they aren’t created with impressions of your teeth. As expected, store-bought mouthguards rarely fit well and can cause more harm than good. 

Dr. MitzAnn Edmond only recommends personalized mouthguards. These dental devices are fabricated with the imprints of your dentition, resulting in a perfect-fitting appliance. Custom-fitted mouthguards ensure optimum comfort and effectiveness in protecting your smile from bruxism or TMJ-related pain. 

Personalized mouthguards near me

Elevation Dental Studio is committed to maintaining healthy smiles with mouthguards that fit your unique needs. If you need a mouthguard in Mt Vernon, NY, please call (914) 259 8559 to reserve an appointment with Dr. Edmond and the team.