If you’ve enrolled your child or yourself into hockey, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, self-defence or any contact sport or activity, you should add a mouth guard to your list of safety equipment.
Your child should be protected from a young age to avoid tooth loss. While over-the-counter mouth guards are available and offer some protection, we suggest a custom fitted mouth guard. A professionally created mouth guard will protect the teeth, gums and bone structure by moulding properly during use. Over-the-counter versions may prevent chipped or damaged teeth, but are not made to protect the important structures that support the teeth. We can create mouthguards for you and your child ensuring that your activities are safer for your smile.
TMJ & Nightguards
TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome) is a condition created by a number of factors including a bad bite or habits such as clenching or grinding, often due to stress.
The patient with a TMJ disorder (also referred to as TMD) can have clicking in the jaw joint, jaw joint pain, headaches, ringing in the ears, or any number of other related symptoms. Sometimes, in severe cases, the person with TMJ will be unable to open his or her mouth wide, or will hear clicking, cracking or a “pop” upon opening their moth. Headaches are also a common associated symptom.
Often, patients report the onset of TMD occurring with some sort of unusual stress, such as final exams, or job-related issues. In a large segment of the population, stress leads to clenching or grinding (known as bruxism), either during the day or at night. The first line of defense against TMD is simply to wear a nightguard. This simple treatment often corrects the problem. If not, other treatment options are available.