Nightguards & Athletic Mouthguards - Torrance
Protect Your Pearly Whites
At Blue Coast Dental Group, we offer a wide range of preventive dentistry services to help patients maintain their healthiest smiles for a lifetime. From dental checkups and teeth cleanings to more advanced services like periodontal charting to diagnose gum disease, we are here to help every patient keep their healthy, natural smile for a lifetime.
Our Torrance dentists and team members also partner with patients to protect their smiles between preventive appointments. For patients with bruxism, TMJ dysfunction, and athletes, mouthguards may be necessary to protect the smile. Call our team to find out more or schedule an appointment in our office.
Bruxism is the dental term for chronic teeth grinding and clenching. This oral health disorder can occur for a number of reasons, but most patients grind their teeth during sleep. While some patients only experience bruxism during times of stress, others experience nearly constant grinding and clenching while sleeping. For these patients, a custom crafted mouthguard will place a physical barrier between the teeth preventing wear or damage caused by the excess pressure.
TMJ Dysfunction Therapy
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jaw to the skull. When they function properly, the mouth opens and closes without pain. Damage or strain to these fragile joints can make even the smallest facial movements painful. Speaking, chewing, yawning, and even sharing a smile can be excruciating.
Many cases of TMJ dysfunction are linked to chronic bruxism. The excessive jaw movement leads to strain that damages the TMJ. Many patients who suffer from TMJ dysfunction and/or bruxism can be treated using a mouthguard. The nightguards crafted to treat TMJ dysfunction are customized to adjust the position of the jaw at rest. This stops the unconscious movement of the mouth at nighttime, relieves strain on the joints, and realigns the proper jaw placement. Over the course of several weeks of nightly wear, TMJ dysfunction sufferers should experience a dramatic improvement in their comfort and mobility.
Athletic Smile Protection
The leading cause of tooth loss for patients under the age of 25 is sports-related injuries. For that reason, it’s important that athletes protect their smiles during the game and during practice by wearing a sportsguard. A custom mouthguard from our caring Torrance dentistry team will provide optimal protection for athletes. If you or a loved one participate in any sport where their smile may come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or sports equipment, talk to our team about a custom sportsguard right away.
The Benefit of Custom Mouthguards
For bruxism sufferers and athletes, there is a variety of store bought mouthguards available to protect your smile. However, these mouthguards aren’t custom fitted to your unique needs or your smile. They can be slightly customized, but many patients find them quite uncomfortable, which decreases the likelihood that patients will use their mouthguards as directed.