A custom mouthguard can be made to protect tooth structure from a variety of sources of trauma and damage. Dr. Ken Schweifler can work with you to create a custom-fitted mouthguard for your tooth protection needs in our Los Altos dentist office. Mouthguards can be worn for a variety of reasons:
- Sports mouthguards: Dr. Schweifler highly recommends that active patients of all ages who participate in contact sports wear a sports mouthguard. Designed to protect the teeth and gums from trauma, a custom sports mouthguard can be made for you using your unique dental impressions. This offers a superior fit and protection when compared to over the counter options readily available. We offer custom sports mouthguards for children and adults and require a brief visit for impressions to be taken.
- Teeth grinding: a mouthguard or nightguard may be recommended to prevent damage from teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Patients with teeth that are flat, worn, chipped, or cracked may be grinding their teeth during sleep or when stressed. Dr. Schweifler has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders and bite problems, common causes of teeth grinding. A mouthguard can be designed to help the jaw relax into a natural position to minimize muscle tension. The guard also protects the teeth surfaces from possible damage from teeth grinding and clenching.
If you or your child plays a contact sport or you think you may be grinding your teeth, schedule a visit with Dr. Schweifler. Our team will work with you to evaluate your needs and address them with personalized dental care. Repair tooth damage, align an uneven bite and use a mouthguard to keep your smile looking its best.