What are Occlusal Mouth Guards?

Custom bite guards are made of a durable, thermoplastic material molded to fit the shape of your teeth. They are crafted to give you a stable surface to bite against, help relax your jaw muscles and protect your teeth against unnatural biting forces. Occlusal guards are recommended for patients to treat TMJ disorders and for those who may clench or grind their teeth (bruxism). When left untreated, these conditions may cause chronic jaw and facial pain, frequent migraines and headaches and tooth damage. An occlusal guard helps to prevent these problems and relieve pain.

Sport mouth guards are made of soft plastic and are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports or other activities where your teeth or mouth may need protection. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. While sports mouth guards are most often recommended for contact sports such as football, hockey and wrestling, a sports guard can help to protect your smile during any type of physical activity. If you or your child is involved in sports and athletics, we encourage you to speak with our dentists, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hinds and Dr. Green, about getting a sports mouth guard in Waco, TX. Call us today at Creekwood Dental Arts to learn more and to set up your next visit.

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