You may have heard of mouthguards being worn by football players. But did you know that many injuries to the teeth and mouth occur during other sports as well? The National Youth Sports Association estimates that nearly 5 million teeth will be knocked out in sports-related injuries every year. These teeth can be expensive to replace. During the lifetime, one may need to replace or repair a damaged tooth 3 or 4 times, costing thousands of dollars.
The benefits of mouthguards have been well documented. While football players incur an average of 7% oral injuries, basketball-related oral injuries (where mouthguards are not typically worn), average 35%.
Mouthguards are recommended for most sports, especially:
- Martial arts
Different Types of Mouthguards
Boil and Bite Mouthguards: These can be purchased at a drug store. They are warmed and form-fitted in the mouth. They can be somewhat effective and are less expensive than custom mouthguards. They can make it difficult to breathe while playing sports.
Custom-Fitted Dentist-Fabricated Mouthguards: These are made here in at Winterholler Dentistry. Studies have shown these mouthguards to be much more effective in preventing injuries. An impression of the teeth is taken and they are custom molded to the teeth.
Dr. Chris Winterholler and Dr. Patrice Winterholler join the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics in recommending custom-fitted mouthguards for children to reduce injury.
Is there an athlete who would not like to have improved balance, faster speed, greater endurance and increased body strength? These are the benefits of using a Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM). You can bring your sports performance to a higher level by correcting your lower jaw position.
What Is the PPM?
It is a unique mouthguard customized to fit your particular mouth and to place your lower jaw in its correct position. It is not a “boil and bite” device, but must be fitted by a qualified neuromuscular dentist. It will be professionally designed for you alone and will correct the imbalance in your bite, enabling you to optimize your sports performance.
For your PPM to be precisely custom-designed, we will first examine your mouth and bite thoroughly. A computerized tracking device will record your jaw movements and once we have diagnosed where your correct jaw placement is, we will have your PPM made. Many years of research have gone into the science behind your PPM and it will be designed with your sports performance in mind.
If you were to use any other type of mouthguard you would be disappointed. We place a high value on both your dental health and your overall health. The two are inter-related. By using this up-to-date technology to improve both, we guarantee to enhance your sports achievements. You will be astounded and delighted at the difference.
If you would like to know more, please contact our dentistry office today and we will be glad to set up a personal consultation for you. Our two offices serve the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Payson areas.
Do you sometimes have a problem with opening your mouth wide? Or does your jaw feel stiff? Perhaps they feel tired in the morning when you wake?
If so, you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep, without being aware of it. This is a fairly common problem and has the medical name of bruxism. Some people clench their jaw at night rather than grinding their teeth, and this can be just as damaging.
What Does Tooth Grinding Cause?
When you put that pressure and friction on your teeth night after night for months or years, the enamel wears down. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it can still wear away over time, and that leaves your teeth with less protection. As a result, you may notice that they are more sensitive to hot and cold substances.
Aging wears down the enamel also, but bruxism or clenching creates premature wear and tear. When the enamel layer is thin, the next layer will show through – the dentin, which is yellow. That gives a yellow color to your teeth. Reduced enamel can also lead to tooth fractures and chips. When left untreated for long enough, your teeth may be destroyed to the point of needing extraction.
It is well worth your while to get treatment:
- From a cost perspective (preventing future dental expense); and
- From a health perspective (preserving your teeth, jawbone, and facial shape)
The chronic grinding or clenching creates muscle tension in the face, head, neck, and shoulders. The jaw muscles become inflamed and many symptoms can develop. This is a condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD or TMJ), and would need special treatment through neuromuscular dentistry.
Repairing worn or damaged teeth, or replacing them, can require fairly extensive dental work involving dental crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants
Using a Nightguard
We can offer you a custom-designed device to be worn at night. We would create it to fit your individual mouth, teeth, and bite. It would give you relief from tooth grinding and clenching, and protect your teeth from all that pressure and wear. You would wear it while you sleep and it would be comfortable so as not to interfere with your good night’s rest.
If you are an athlete, whether amateur or professional, you might also be interested in a Pure Power Mouthguard as a way of improving your sports performance.
Snoring is another common problem and can be a serious threat to your health when it interferes with breathing. Please see our pages on Snoreguards and Mouthguards for more details.
To learn more and to schedule a personal consultation, please contact Winterholler Dentistry today.