If you grind your teeth, clench your jaw, or play contact sports, a mouth guard can preserve your smile and reduce the risk of complications. At Dr. Aaronson & Associates in New York City, the team of experienced dentists partners with dental labs in the area to design and manufacture custom mouth guards. To make an appointment at the practice in Midtown East, Manhattan, call the office today or click the online booking feature.
Mouth guards are custom-crafted oral appliances that protect your teeth from trauma. They’re removable and made of thermoplastic or other tough materials. Mouth guards are like your teeth in that they collect food particles, plaque, and bacteria. As a result, it’s important to clean yours daily.
The team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates offers several types of mouth guards, including:
Sports mouth guards
Sports mouth guards are oral appliances designed for athletes and other physically active individuals. If you participate in certain activities that increase your risk of a slip and fall, you might also benefit from a sports mouth guard.
Mouth guards for teeth grinding and TMJ
Many people grind their teeth or clench their jaw during sleep. Over time, both of these habits increase the risk of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, a condition that can make it painful to bite, chew, or yawn.
A mouthguard can reduce the frequency of teeth grinding, allowing the muscles in your jaw to relax.
Mouth guards for snoring and sleep apnea
If you regularly wake up with a dry mouth or a headache, you might benefit from a mouth guard for sleep apnea. These mouth guards push your lower jaw forward, allowing for better airflow.
At Dr. Aaronson & Associates, getting a mouth guard takes two visits about a week apart.
First mouth guard visit
Your provider conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. Then, they take a series of X-rays to assess your bite. If your provider determines you can benefit from a mouth guard, they take digital impressions of your mouth and send your impressions to a professional dental facility.
A team of technicians at the dental facility uses your impressions to manufacture a custom mouth guard.
Second mouth guard visit
When your mouth guard is finished, you return to Dr. Aaronson & Associates. Your provider has you try it on and makes adjustments as necessary, ensuring a perfect fit.
To keep your mouth guard in optimal condition, the team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates recommends:
In addition, make sure to bring your mouth guard to each check-up at Dr. Aaronson & Associates.
To see if you can benefit from a mouth guard, make an appointment at Dr. Aaronson & Associates by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.