Mouth Guards in Missoula, MT
Don’t let a teeth grinding habit or sports injury ruin your smile or cause painful conditions.
Protect Your Smile with Preventive Oral Appliance Therapy
At Nelson Dentistry, our patients appreciate our focus on prevention because preventing problems is almost always less costly and complicated than repairing damaged teeth.
An often overlooked aspect of preventive dentistry includes avoiding trauma to the teeth – whether caused by a bruxism (teeth grinding) habit or from a sports injury.
Custom oral appliances make it easy and comfortable to prevent broken and worn down teeth.
The Nightly Grind Takes a Toll on Your Smile
Some people unknowingly grind or clench their teeth in their sleep. Perhaps someone told you that you do this. We can also tell by specific wear patterns in our initial exam.
You might also notice teeth sensitivity or headaches upon waking. These are telltale signs of a teeth grinding habit. In some cases, people even develop bony growths under the tongue after years of a chronic teeth grinding habit.
When left untreated, teeth grinding can result in worn, short, or chipped and cracked teeth that can turn an unconscious habit into a smile-damaging problem.
Identifying signs of bruxism is one of the most cost-effective ways to preserve your teeth from wearing out prematurely. There are several different nightguard designs for different applications; please ask us more about them if you have questions.
Most nightguards function by separating the upper and lower teeth with a barrier – either by placing acrylic between teeth or by separating them. Our nightguards are custom-designed and will be easy to adjust to wearing. You might even notice that you enjoy a more restful night’s sleep.
Athletic Mouthguards for Sports and Adventures
We encourage our patients to enjoy the many activities and adventures that Montana offers.
With any contact sport, it’s always good to have a mouthguard to prevent tooth damage. Mouthguards absorb impacts taking away forces that would otherwise break teeth and damage delicate gum tissue.
We make custom-design mouthguards to promote more natural breathing than with over-the-counter options. Their sleek design fits snugly without crowding the mouth or impacting performance.
We offer a variety of colors to express your team spirit. Some common sports for which we recommend mouthguard use include:
- Martial arts
You might even benefit from a mouthguard for skiing and mountain biking to prevent your adventure from permanently damaging your smile.
Athletic mouthguards are not just for kids. Athletic adults should consider the repercussions of trauma from their favorite sports as well.
Contact Our Office for More Information
If you are uncertain whether you could benefit from a nightguard or mouthguard, contact our Missoula office for a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Nelson. We welcome new patients of all ages and will help you protect the teeth you have with comprehensive preventive dentistry.