Mouthguards / Biteguards

Mouthguards and biteguards for your teeth are like airbags in a car – cushioned appliances that protect your teeth and gums from injury and damage.

Did you know that 3 out of 4 dentists recommend hockey? We kid. But the reality is – the majority of sports are high-impact contact sports that can cause serious damage to teeth and gums. At Family Roots Dentistry, we protect our athletes with our custom-made athletic mouthguards that allow for:

  • Comfortable fit since they are customized to your teeth
  • Optimal strength and thickness for protection of your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheek
  • Exceptional durability for many year

According to the American Dental Association, 10-15% of adults are affected by bruxism (grinding and clenching of teeth against each other). Studies have shown that one of the most common times of day when bruxism occurs is at night when we are sleeping.

Are you wondering if you grind your teeth at night? Do you notice or experience any of the following signs and/or symptoms?

  • You or someone near you notices grinding or clenching sounds from you while you are sleeping
  • Discomfort in the jaw joints (near your ears) or facial muscles in the morning when you wake up
  • Frequent headaches
  • Flattened (or worn down) teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Wedge-shaped notches at the gumline (area in the mouth where your gum and teeth meet)
  • Gum recession (roots of teeth become exposed)
  • Dental work that fractures prematurely
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Sores on the inside of the mouth

At Family Roots Dentistry, we make a customized nightguard to protect your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and facial muscles from further wear and tear. A similar individualized appliance called a dayguard can be made if you notice any of these signs and symptoms throughout the day.

In addition to nightguards and dayguards, we also fabricate custom-fitted TMJ guards (also referred to as “occlusal splints”) to treat temporomandibular disorder (TMD) of the jaw joints. Read more about TMJ Therapy here.

For more information and to find out which option is right for you, please call us at (815) 385-4411 or contact us today.